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The sublime Vermeer at the Louvre

Along with his milkmaid and lacemaker.


Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), a legend even among the greatest legends of painting, portrayed a simple milkmaid as a real queen. He makes her a kind of Mary, dedicated to the cause of domestic service, a sublime creature immortalised in her everyday chores.

The painting normally hangs in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. On a rare outing, it will be shown at the Louvre February 22nd to May 22nd, 2017, in the company of 11 other canvases by an artist who died at the age of 43.

The occasion is an exhibition of 70 'genre paintings', works depicting scenes from everyday life.

The result is exceptional, set alight by the presence of the master from Delft.

The Dutch Century was one of the most fertile periods of artistic endeavour.

It's said that 5 million paintings were produced in the Dutch Republic during the 17thcentury.

Alongside the large, dramatic canvases of extraordinary impact which were destined for the kings of the period, these intimist works were meant for erudite audiences. [Judith Benhamou-Huet]

Complete Report on: judithbenhamouhuet.com


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