The Rijksmuseum is holding an exhibition entirely devoted to Johannes Vermeer for the first time.

According to the Amsterdam museum, the exhibition about the artist from the seventeenth century, which can be seen from the spring of 2023, will be the largest ever about Vermeer.

Loans from all over the world come to Amsterdam and there is also work on display that has never been shown in the Netherlands before.

The Rijks itself has four works by Vermeer in its collection, such as the world-famous

Milkmaid

and

Het Straatje

.

The museum also already has masterpieces such as

Girl with a Pearl Earring

from the Mauritshuis in The Hague,

The Geographer

from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main,

Woman with a maidservant

from The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and

Woman with Libra

from The National Gallery. of Art captured in Washington.

According to the Rijksmuseum, Vermeer is best known for "his tranquil, introverted indoor scenes, his unprecedented use of bright, colorful light and his convincing illusionism".

He left behind a "remarkably small" body of work of some 35 paintings, which is in collections around the world.

The masterpieces of these museums are rarely loaned out.

The exhibition is made in collaboration with the Mauritshuis.

Both museums are already conducting research into the work and method of Delft Vermeer (1632-1675).

Among other things, they take a closer look at the seven paintings by him in Dutch possession.

The Mauritshuis was the last museum to devote an exhibition to Vermeer almost thirty years ago.

At the time, 450,000 visitors came here, making the exhibition still the most visited in this museum.

In the same period of the exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, Museum Prinsenhof Delft will present the exhibition Het Delft by Vermeer.

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