Lecture: Vermeer’s painting techniques

December 24th, 2008

from the: Norton Simon press release

Vermeer’s Painting Techniques: Time Stilled and Light Made Tangible
Melanie Gifford, Research Conservator, Scientific Research Department, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, January 3, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

Vermeer’s paintings suggest that time has been momentarily stopped, giving the viewer leisure to explore his light-filled rooms and contemplate his pensive figures. Technical study of Vermeer’s materials and methods has revealed painting practices the artist developed to achieve these luminous effects, and artistic choices he made to create a timeless and self-contained world. Melanie Gifford explores A Lady Writing in the context of Vermeer’s techniques throughout his career, illustrated with close details and microscopic images of the paintings that give a new view of his extraordinary gifts.

One Response to “Lecture: Vermeer’s painting techniques”

  1. johanna spinks

    I had the sheer pleasure of seeing this painting just as the museum opened on a Sunday afternoon. There wasn’t a soul around. Just me and this Vermeer. Exquisite pleasure.

    I will be at the talk too. Just ordered your book too! Congrats on your show also.

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