Bigger is not always better

February 8th, 2009

Vermeer, Fabritius & De Hooch: Three Masterpieces from Delft
Feb. 14 – May 24, 2009

Recently some noted museums are taking to small, in-focus exhibitions.

This tiny, but exceptionally focused display sets side by side three master painters of the Delft School: Carel Fabritius, Pieter de Hoogh and Johannes Vermeer.

Fabritius’s interest in illusionism is highlighted in his painting The Goldfinch, one of the fascinating pictures of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Its startling simplicity of figure against the stark white ground has often been seen as a possible starting point for Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace.

The Goldfinch will be hung alongside Pieter de Hoogh’s Courtyard of a House in Delft, a far more complex work from the collection of The National Gallery, London. De Hoogh was one of the most delightfully innovative painters of genre interiors and probable source of inspiration for many of Vermeer’s own works.

Complementing these two works will be the Gallery’s own masterpiece, Vermeer’s Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid.

museum lectures:

15 February : 3.00
Johannes Vermeer ( 1632-1675)
Lecturer Dr. John Loughman, University College Dublin

17 February : 10.30
Introducing Three Masterpieces from Delft: Vermeer, Fabritius and De Hooch
Lecturer Dr Adriaan Waiboer, National Gallery of Ireland

22 February : 3.00
Carel Fabritius ( 1622-54) and Painting in Delft
Lecturer Dr John Loughman, University College Dublin

24 February : 10.30
Pieter de Hooch in the context of Dutch Painting
Lecturer William Gallagher, Royal Hibernian Academy

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