30 Oct 2015, by GekeDijkstra
starts on 19 Sep 2015,
ends on 1 Dec 2015
The National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565
0 Comments on this event
Vermeer’s “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” returns to the National Gallery of Art after 20 years. The painting is on view until December 1.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has lent one of its great treasures—Johannes Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663)—to the National Gallery of Art in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Johannes Vermeer exhibition, which opened at the NGA in November 1995 before traveling to the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague, in March 1996.
This luminous masterpiece, recently restored at the Rijksmuseum, will be displayed from September 19, 2015, through December 1, 2016, in the Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries. It will hang with Vermeer paintings from the Gallery's own collection, including "Woman Holding a Balance" (c. 1664) and "Girl with a Red Hat" (c. 1665/1666)—the latter newly returned after being featured in Small Treasures, an exhibition shown in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Birmingham, Alabama—as well as "Girl with a Flute" (1665–1675), attributed to Vermeer.
"Like many of Vermeer's paintings, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter has a calm and reflective mood, but it also leaves much for the viewer to decipher about the woman's emotions and the letter's contents," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. Little is known about Vermeer (1632–1675), whose paintings have been hailed as some of the supreme achievements of the Dutch golden age. In 1995 and 1996, Johannes Vermeer, the first exhibition ever devoted solely to the Delft master's art, featured 21 of the existing 35 works known to have been painted by him. The paintings were drawn from museums and private collections in Europe and the United States.
in the spotlight
May 4, 2018
From the 4th until the 8th of May, TEFAF New York Spring will be held at Park Avenue Armory
Jan 1, 2018
From January 1st until December 31st, Remy Jungerman will be in residence at ISCP
Apr 5, 2018
"Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam by Annemie Wolff" on view from April 5th until June 28th
May 1, 2018
From May 1st until May 12th, the festival "Prelude to The Shed" will take place in NYC