THE MYSTERY OF JOHANNES VERMEER, MASTER OF LIGHT, COLOUR AND HARMONY

What is it that holds the viewer before a beautiful young girl in a exotic turban, a woman replying to a discarded letter, or a couple at an intimate music lesson?

The mysterious but enchanting Johannes Vermeer fascinates everyone. The poetry of Vermeer’s paintings is immediate and recognizable, yet almost impossible to describe and explain. What is it that holds the viewer before a beautiful young girl in a exotic turban, a woman replying to a discarded letter, or a couple at an intimate music lesson, It is not the narrative, for there is hardly any, but something more universal. In Vermeer’s hands, the stillness of a quiet street scene, a woman’s concentration on lacemaking, or the soft light that gently illuminates a scholar in his study become at once heightened and familiar, reminding us of fleeting moments in our own lives. Through his sensitivity to light, colour and composition, Vermeer transforms such ordinary subjects into expressions of perfect balance and harmony.

A lecture to highlight the Vermeer Rijksmuseum/Delft exhibition 15th February to 4th June 2023

 

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