ESSENTIAL VERMEER TIME is an open door onto the spinning wheels, grinding cogs, ideas, inspirations, doubts and dreams that make the Essential Vermeer website run full steam ahead.
You'll find information about what’s currently under development and way down the pipeline, an occasional opinion as well as bits and pieces of what I come across skimming the web that may not wind up anywhere in the Essential Vermeer but seem worth noting.
And, obviously, you'll find the latest Vermeer news, practically real time.
Jonathan Janson, author of Essential Vermeer - Rome, Italy
Currently in the Essential Vermeer Pipeline are two main projects, a Jquery carousel view for Vermeer’s complete oeuvre and an in-depth study of light in Vermeer’s paintings. Moreover, a friend of Essential Vermeer recently emailed that he had stored up in his attic a serious collection of newspaper articles on the case of Vermeer’s stolen Concert (1990). He is scanning them now and has promised to send them to me when he’s done. Since the case is rather intriguing, I thought it would be a good idea to tell this sad story by making the most significant articles accessible on the Essential Vermeer.
1. The carousel viewer will permit the viewer (all from the same page) to alternatively slide forwards and backwards through all 36 works by Vermeer in chronological order, in their frames, in scale, by subject matter as well as through a significant detail of each very picture. It’s principally a matter of coding (I am not too good at that), graphics (I am pretty good at that), layout ( I am fairly good at that too) and time, (nobody has too much of that). I hope it will be finished by the end of April. BTW, if you are particularly good at coding, love Vermeer and would like to lend a hand every once in the while, let me know.
2. Instead, the study on light in Vermeer’s painting will require a bit more research and some serious pondering. Lots has been written on the subject, but there is no organic study that gathers it all in one place and makes in intelligible. I’d like the face this complex issue walking though it one step at a time, from the initial difficulties that painters had and still have to overcome in order to a create a convincing illusion of light to Vermeer’s characteristic handling of light and shadows. Don’t expect this to be done before the summer
3. The review of the stolen Concert articles will probably see the light a bit later.
As usual, I am always open to suggestions and collaboration.
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BEHIND ESSENTIAL VERMEER
In June, 2001, I launched the Essential Vermeer as a one-page list of available Vermeer-related websites and literature.*
After 12 years , it has evolved into a 1.02 GB (on hard drive) Vermeer resource with over 500 web pages, 3,000 images, 200 audio files, bibliographies, interviews with Vermeer notables and scores of innovative interactive studies, including the innovative Complete Interactive Vermeer Catalogue.
The website newsletter—now 3,500 subscribers strong—informs subscribers about everything Vermeer that's going on and, hopefully, bridges a bit of the gap between long-time Vermeer devotees, neophytes and savvy art scholars. Both the website and newsletter are freely-accessible and non-commercial.
Running Essential Vermeer is a complicated (and rewarding) enterprise.
To maintain constant progress and the highest quality of Essential Vermeer's contents, I devote on the average 5 hours a day to doing research, writing, code, graphics and optimization. Editing and reediting practically never finishes. And then, there's always the all-important communication. Broken down, let’s say I spend about 1 hour after breakfast, 2 after lunch and 2 to 3 in the evenings working on the site. Weekends often get out of hand, marathon style and Sunday-night soar eyes.
*The first days of the Essential Vermeer is captured here for posterity but without pity by the Way Back Machine.