Posts Tagged ‘Vermeer social media’

Imagining what Vermeer wrote

March 5th, 2013

An Essential Vermeer friend informs me that in an attempt to involve potential art goers, the Getty Museum’s Anne Martens writer solicits them to imagine the first line of the letter being ready by Vermeer’s Woman in Blue with a Letter, which temporarily exhibited at the Getty. Here’s a video with selected responses:

You can also see related events at the Getty here:

Essential Vermeer Facebook: What went wrong?

March 4th, 2013

Despite my doubts, I jumped into Facebook more than a year ago hoping to find out what sense, if any, in social networking might have for art related content. The overall experience was mildly positive: the challenge tailoring one’s ideas for Facebook readers was stimulating, and admittedly, response was enthusiastic.

But the problem I am unable to overcome is that one has virtually no control of the format. After a few posts, everything slides down to the bottom and off the page disappearing for all but those readers armed with unusual dedication and patience.

I’m still undecided as to leave it or insist. It’s hard to juggle with content, private communications, Facebook and now, ESSENTIAL VERMEER TIMES.

Essential Vermeer goes Facebook

March 6th, 2011


What does the global social network Facebook have to do with Vermeer? At first glance very little. Take a look at many of the art institutions’ Facebook pages that tend to be one-way monologues with insignificant interaction. People’s comments really don’t seem to matter.

And yet the chance to bring the Vermeer community a bit closer might be worth a try. I have found Facebook surprisingly efficient for diffusing news rapidly and opening lines of quick, two-way communication.

So what can you do? Have a look, leave a comment and keep on coming I’ll keep on plugging away for a year or so – the time necessary to evaluate any web initiative – and see if a marriage between social networking and art history makes any sense.


April 20th, 2010

Costume designer Pauline Loven of Wag Screen who made the short advert said: “We wanted to use easily recognisable paintings that we could reproduce and once we decided to use the Girl with a Pearl Earring we thought Samuel Pepys was the most interesting because if anyone would have been a fan of Twitter like Stephen Fry is it would have been Pepys.”