Opening Day! We Love Vermeer!

Opening Day February 10, 2023

Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum

February 10 – June 4, 2023, The Rijksmuseum promised the largest Johannes Vermeer exhibition, entitled Vermeer. The magnitude of this exhibition was envisioned in the research projects leading up to the February 10, 2023 opening. 

Today, I am traveling virtually to The Rijksmuseum to find the stories behinds the paintings. Join me at this exciting event.

Allegory of the Catholic Faith by Johannes Vermeer ca. 1670–72

Stephen Fry will guide online visitors.

In a press release on January 17, 2023, Rijksmuseum launched the digital Vermeer experience Closer to Johannes Vermeer. This virtual experience is available for free to all Vermeer lovers around the world.

Stephen Fry (English language) and Joy Delima (Dutch language) guide online visitors to explore the artist’s work and personal life. As promised, I was “able to zoom in on the tiniest pigment particles in pin-sharp detail via ultra-high resolution photographs of some Vermeer paintings.”

Technology has opened Vermeer to the world. Click on the photo below to meet up with Stephen Fry!

The Vermeer exhibit at the Rijksmuseum is a must-see for every art enthusiast.

The Dutch master Johannes Vermeer is one of the most renowned painters of the Dutch Golden Age. This exhibit features a selection of his most famous paintings: “The Milkmaid,” “The Little Street,” and “The Astronomer.” Several of Vermeer’s lesser-known works, such as “The Music Lesson” and “The Geographer” will be displayed. The exhibit also includes a selection of Vermeer’s drawings and sketches, as well as a selection of his personal letters and documents. The Vermeer exhibit at the Rijksmuseum offers a unique glimpse into the life and work of one of the most celebrated painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

Click on the photo below to view the collection of Vermeer Paintings showcased in this exhibition.

View of Delft (c. 1660-1661). Johannes Vermeer Oil on canvas, . Mauritshuis, The Hague

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

19 thoughts on “Opening Day! We Love Vermeer!

  1. Thank you for this informative and fantastic review of a really fantastic place and person(and on opening day!) It would be good to get to know this artist personally. The paragraph at the very beginning about the Catholic connection was outstanding. The art is so well displayed, and from so many different angels! I viewed all of the photos several times and will save it to view later. The artist was not only very gifted, but he gave to the world a lot of “real life” treasures. It would be good to see all of the art right in front of a person on the wall.

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    1. I would love to attend this exhibition in person, Frances, but having the ability to see it virtually is wonderful. The Rijksmuseum has created a wonderful collection of videos and special events for those of us who cannot attend. I agree wholeheartedly – the artist gave to the world a lot of “real life” treasures.

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  2. Just a little disappointed, Rebecca; I wasn’t able to view Stephen Fry’s virtual tour! I did, however, visit the Rijksmuseum and enjoyed a number of the videos available for viewing.
    There is something so comforting in Vermeer’s paintings. He was able to capture the ‘ordinary’ in a most extraordinary way; leaving a sense of community and relatedness to the human experience!
    Such a generous sense of joy…

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    1. Oh no, Carolyn! I am so sorry you weren’t able to view Stephen Fry’s virtual tour. He has a marvelous voice and he brings out the story via the paintings. I checked the link on the post and it worked. I agree there is a generosity and compassion for people that come through his paintings. I would love to wing my way to The Rijksmuseum, alas. I’m delighted that The Rijks has given us so much information via their website. Many thanks for joining me virtually at the Vermeer exhibition.

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      1. I will continue to try! I tried the link you provided, plus went a’googling. However, none of the links worked for me.
        I do so agree with you regarding Stephen Fry’s ability to bring to life almost everything he tackles. His voice is wonderful.
        C’est la vie! If it is meant to be that I see the video – I will.
        A little ‘by the by’. I have a little magnet on the fridge of The Woman in Blue Reading. Even that, a tiny replica of the original, brings me great joy.
        Thank You so much for such a wonderful post.

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      2. Success! Thank You!
        Not on my PC or my iPad (Chrome & Microsoft), but my phone (safari) is giving me ‘video’. Hurrah.
        I have watched the first video – what a marvelous artist he was; such intricate detail.
        I will save the remainder for later today. I have a date with ‘the daughter’ for breakfast this morning – am off to get ready.
        I am so chuffed at being able to watch the videos. Stephen Fry is an amazing storyteller.
        Once again, Rebecca… Thank You!

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    1. I had the same feeling Liz. It was as if we could step through the “photograph” into the time of Vermeer. It is obvious that Vermeer loved his city. I went out today with my iPhone camera to capture our skyline. It was the first day of sunshine in many days. The rain will come tomorrow but today the sun came out to play.

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    1. It is exciting Dave! I will not be able to visit in person, but I am enjoying the virtual tour. Just this morning I was reading The New York Times and found this tidbit of information:

      “He was well established in Delft during his life; his art sold; and yet for two centuries after his death, his small and silent pictures of women reading letters or pouring milk elicited no attention at all. When “Girl With a Pearl Earring” came up at auction in 1881, it hammered at just two guilders. Now Vermeer stops traffic; he diverts planes. And you wonder: that luminousness, that inner calm, how could this not stop everyone’s heart like it stops mine?”

      I have goosebumps when I view the paintings. I feel I have actually entered Vermeer’s world. Thank you for joining me on this adventure.

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    1. I share your love for this painting, Cindy. Vermeer reminded me that we need to honour our cities and locations by capturing them in photography or any other medium. We see Delft as Vermeer saw Delft. Vancouver’s skyline has changed dramatically over the years. I am going back into my photo albums!!!

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