Archive for April, 2013

Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister undergoes remodeling

April 4th, 2013

Since 27th March, the complete Eastern wing of the Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), which includes the  Dutch/Flemish collection, wil be closed for the next years due to extensive renovation and modernization as well as to meet building codes and technological requirements.  The gallery houses two well-known paintings by Vermeer, The Procuress and the Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window. Luckily,  visitors won’t miss the key-works of the collections from the Eastern wing.

Twenty-three  rooms in the Western wing will be rehung “based on the understanding that European art history can be read as one integrated historical narrative.  The works of art will no longer be separated into traditional  “schools” but grouped according to a comprehensive art historical context.

For further information see the Dresden Art Collections’ homepage.

Vermeer in Italy: the numbers

April 1st, 2013

Having lived and worked in Italy for decades, I was pretty sure that the Vermeer: Il secolo d’oro dell’arte olandese would not likely to set a raging fire among art goers.

The exhibit, with 8 Vermeers (6 authentic by my count), brought in 307.971 visitors. Mind you, that’s not a number to be to be scoffed at, but the show placed fourth in 2012 Italian art exhibitions even though it was by far the largest Vermeer exhibit ever to be held on the peninsula, and it was much publicized to boot.


The 2012 Tokyo leg of the Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis exhibit—with Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring as the absolute star—racked up 758,26 visitors. But Japan, everybody knows, is definitely Vermeer territory and Italians are not lacking in great painters of their own.

As usual , panic artists , 14,000 strong, crowded the final day of the show. On packed days, a pocket-sized painting like to Girl with a Red Hat was for all practical purpose invisible. For my take why Italians don’t quite get this strange artist, scroll down and see post below.

If you are a numbers person, click here to access a sortable table of ALL the Vermeer exhibitions ever held. You won’t find all this information on one page anywhere else.