Archive for August, 2010

Vermeer’s Music Lesson on public display

August 22nd, 2010

Vermeer’s Music Lesson, frequently inaccessible to the general public, will hang in Buckingham Palace, in the State Apartments picture
gallery for the months of August and September, 2010.

Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at the Virginals stays put in Virginia until the end of 2010

August 18th, 2010

The temporary stay of the Young Woman Seated at a Virginal at the Norfolk Chrysler Museum of Art has been prolonged to 1 January, 2011.

This mysterious little Vermeer, the only one in hands of a private collector, has still not received the critical scrutiny it deserves although authoritative Vermeer experts Walter Liedtke and Arthur Wheelock have both given the painting their blessings.

True, no one has ever singled it as one of the most appealing of Vermeer’s works but not all Vermeer’s are appealing, especially to the public. In a recent visit to the London National Gallery, I had the Woman Seated at the Virginal, in essence, a bigger and more complicated version of the work at the Chrysler, pretty much for myself. Despite the conspicuous volume of literature dedicated to it, which supposes just about everything and its contrary, not a single person who entered the gallery room cast more than a glance at it before moving to the next work even if they had bent forward to read the museum description plaque and had noticed the name Vermeer.

Teresa Annas takes an interesting look at the behind the scenes regarding the picture now at the Chrysler Museum in her online article of August 8 in The Virginian-Pilot.