For the eye and monitor

October 25th, 2008

For the first time in Italy, an impressive selection of works from the world’s most important collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings can be admired in Rome including Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace. The exhibition is open from November 11, 2008 to February 15, 2009.

One welcomed spinoff for image buffs is a 1.2 MB hi-res image of the Woman with a Pearl Necklace offered free by the exhibition’s press office. Click here, scroll down and download. There are 16 other images as well.

2 Responses to “For the eye and monitor”

  1. ARech

    The offer is generous, of course. But I am not quite satisfied with the light/dark-values of the ‘Girl with the Pearl Necklace’. It seems too dark even in the left-side foreground, compared with prints from principle books (Vermeer-Catalogue 1995/96, Vermeer-Studies). I know, it’s the most deeply shadowed part of the painting, but is the original really so dark, just in that area? I need a close observation of the large, almost ‘enigmatic’ China-vase on the table, to try and estimate its period of production and probable origin. I do hope to get some clues from the original. Anyway, I am glad now to have the hi-res image.

  2. Jonathan Janson

    No photograph can capture the whole range of a strongly contrasted picture like the “Woman with a Pearl Necklace.” You can get the lights or the darks but never both. This image has sacrificed the darks. I am writing a post on just this subject. In the mean time, let me tell you that the lower section of the compositions is almost as satisfying as the upper one.

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