Food for the Soul: A Year of Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer. The Concert, 1663-1666. Oil on canvas. Stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

By Nina Heyn — Your Culture Scout

We celebrated the year 2019 as “The Year of da Vinci,” reporting all year long from the groundbreaking exhibition at the Louvre as well as anniversary exhibitions in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. We would like to celebrate 2023 as “The Year of Vermeer,” inspired by the upcoming, massive exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (February 10 through June 4, 2023). This is one of the most ambitious Vermeer exhibitions ever, since the museum is planning to showcase 26 artworks out of about 35 that are indisputably by the artist’s hand. This spring, we will report extensively from that exhibition, which promises to be the most important world art event of the year. Later in 2023, we will showcase some Vermeer paintings that are permanently located in other European cities.

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