Monthly Archives: September 2012

Art Restoration and Vermeer

  Art restoration is a term that has acquired dubious connotations since it suggests returning a work to its original state – something that it essentially impossible.  Over the centuries, restorers have subjected paintings to all kinds of treatments, some … Continue reading

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Vermeer and Music

Sept 20, 2012 Musical instruments figure prominently in Vermeer’s paintings as they did in 17th-century Dutch society.  Vermeer included instruments in thirteen of his paintings, seven of which featured stringed instruments (not including keyboard).  Of these examples the guitar is … Continue reading

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Vermeer and the Golden Section

At my first glance at Vermeer’s Art of Painting in person I was struck immediately with its complexity and harmony.  This masterpiece is a complicated work woven together with many elements and underlying mysteries, many of which have not been … Continue reading

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A Pearl Mystery

The Girl with the Pearl Earring, more than any other, has captured the modern public’s imagination, but this was not always the case.  In the 19th-century, this painting was completely unknown since the signature was illegible.  An art collector named … Continue reading

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