Explore the intimate beauty of Vermeer’s exquisite scenes of Dutch 17th-century women in their homes in this stunning exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. At its heart is Vermeer’s extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.1669-70), on loan from the Musée du Louvre to the UK for the first time.
The painting is complemented by three key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, A lady at the virginals with a gentleman ‘The Music Lesson’ (c.1662-5) on loan from The Royal Collection; A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (c.1670) from the National Gallery, London; and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (private collection, New York).
Joining these are 28 masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ evoking the private realms inhabited almost exclusively by women who we glimpse engaged in domestic tasks, at their toilette or immersed in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, reading or writing letters.
If you are unable to make it to Cambridge, you can see some of the highlights of the exhibition in this introduction by Curator Betsy Wieseman.
5 October 2011 – 15 January 2012
Fitzwilliam Museu, Cambridge, Mellon Gallery (13)