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Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft)
Date: ca. 1662Accession Number: 89.15.21
Date: ca. 1665–67Accession Number: 1979.396.1
Date: ca. 1662–63Accession Number: 25.110.24
Date: ca. 1670–72Accession Number: 32.100.18
Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, Amsterdam (?) 1596/97–1667 Amsterdam)
Date: 1629Accession Number: 64.65.4
Date: ca. 1656–57Accession Number: 14.40.611
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Johannes Vermeer worked for a small and sophisticated circle of patrons, mainly in his native Delft and in the nearby court city of The Hague. His domestic themes and unusually convincing, yet poetic, treatment of light may create the impression of a straightforward transcription of reality, but, in fact, he explored the traditions established by other genre painters, employing precisely poised designs to depict a world more perfect than the one he actually knew. There are only thirty-six known paintings by Vermeer in the world, and the Museum’s exceptional collection of five works covers most of the artist's career and includes two of his most famous genre pictures as well as the unique Allegory of the Catholic Faith of about 1670–72. Also shown here are interior scenes by some of Vermeer's outstanding contemporaries, including Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch.
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