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Johannes Vermeer, The Master of Delft

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Somehow Vermeer’s paintings manage to transcend time and place. They may have been created several hundred years ago, but they are almost shockingly present.

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Johannes Vermeer, The Master of Delft

  1. 1. Secrets and Silence ... Johannes Vermeer invites us into his world
  2. 2. Johannes Vermeer The Master of Delft
  3. 3. a symbol of chastity ... a girl in exotic dress, an oriental turban softness of the girl’s face, the glimmers of light on her moist lips ... and of course, the shining pear
  4. 4. VERMEER, Johannes Girl with a Pearl Earring 1665 Mauritshuis, The Hague
  5. 5. VERMEER, Johannes The Milkmaid 1658 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  6. 6. a plain room an everyday scene a milkmaid carefully pouring milk into a squat earthenware container on a table a foot warmer is on the floor behind her, near Delft wall tiles depicting Cupid
  7. 7. VERMEER, Johannes The Music Lesson 1662-1665 Buckingham Palace, London
  8. 8. a sunlit room the windows convey light and shadows a young woman stands to play on a clavecin a man in elegant dress watches her and listens intently the mirror on the wall reflects the young woman's face the inscription on the virginal 'Music is a companion in pleasure and a balm in sorrow’ both figures are quiet, as though the music were measured and restrained ... the pleasure and melancholy of love
  9. 9. VERMEER, Johannes The Art of Painting 1665-1667 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  10. 10. a large curtain, drawn back as though revealing a tableau vivant: an artist and a young model, Clio, the muse of history a laurel wreath symbolizing honor and glory, a large book signifying history, and the trumpet of fame the chandelier, which is surmounted by a double-headed eagle, the imperial symbol of the Hapsburgs, dynasty that ruled the country
  11. 11. VERMEER, Johannes Young Woman with a Water Jug 1660-1662 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  12. 12. the very simplicity and stillness the perfect balance of the composition a young woman opening a window and with a brass water jug in her left hand the basin and pitcher, traditional symbols of purity
  13. 13. VERMEER, Johannes A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman 1658 Staatliche Museen, Berlin
  14. 14. an elegantly dressed young man is watching a woman finish a glass of wine he has his hand on a jug, and seems to be waiting to refill the glass the chitarrone on the chair symbolizes both harmony and frivolity the window pane shows a woman holding a bridle, an attribute of Temperantia (moderation)
  15. 15. VERMEER, Johannes Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window 1657 Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
  16. 16. a young Dutch girl standing at an open window reading a letter stillness, inner absorption, remoteness from the outer world the curtain as though it has been pulled aside to reveal this intimate moment in the young woman's life
  17. 17. VERMEER, Johannes Girl Interrupted at Her Music 1658-1661 Frick Collection, New York City
  18. 18. a seduction scene a young woman at her music with an older gentleman the gentleman seems to be fully absorbed by his feelings ... the importance of music when it comes to love
  19. 19. VERMEER, Johannes The Procuress 1656 Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
  20. 20. fascinating scene of mercenary love a procuress looks approvingly at a soldier, who offers a young woman a coin while fondling her breast holding a glass of wine in one hand, she willingly accepts his proposition
  21. 21. an elegant dandy … dressed in a démodé jerkin, smiles out at the viewer as he holds aloft a glass and grasps a musical instrument probably self-portrait of the painter
  22. 22. oes Johannes Vermeer, The Master of Delft images and text credit www. Music ThePianoGuys Beethovens 5 Secrets created olga.e. thanks for watching
  23. 23. Somehow Vermeer’s paintings manage to transcend time and place. They may have been created several hundred years ago, but they are almost shockingly present. Most of the compositions are set in 17th-century Dutch interiors, yet they seem to invite you in, to envelop you as if you were actually there, even if you are actually living in the far-away present. Vermeer creates a stillness in his works that brings us to a halt, and he lets us forget for a moment our busy lives, bombarded with fast-moving images and sound. Vermeer invites us into his world ...

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