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Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Style

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Style

Walter Liedtke, Curator, European Paintings, MMA

The Museum’s newly installed galleries of Dutch paintings (galleries 631 through 638) place twenty works by Rembrandt and five by Vermeer within the broadest survey of Netherlandish, Dutch, and Flemish art outside of Europe. Rembrandt and Vermeer represent the Age of Observation and, at the same time, anticipate Realist trends of the nineteenth century. Met curator Walter Liedtke explores the curious similarities and interplay between style in these two leading seventeenth-century painters, and inherited or shared schemes of “picture-making” in their work.

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Image above: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam). Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653. Oil on canvas; 56 1/2 x 53 3/4 in. (143.5 x 136.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1961 (61.198)

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