Until the 22 of August 2010 – Mauritshuis, The Royal Pictures Gallery
THE HAGUE – Looking for a great feat? What would you say about a whole exhibition dedicated to «young Vermeer» though we only know about thirty works from his whole career? So how did the Mauritshuis museum go about to evoke the youth of the painter from Delft? Very simple: they brought together three early paintings that show he was still looking for his style and the themes of his maturity. There is a biblical scene, Christ in the house of Mary and Martha (from the National Gallery of Scotland), a genre scene (The procuress at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden) and a mythological scene. The former is from the collection at the Mauritshuis, which had organized in 1996 the largest of the painter’s retrospective (23 paintings!), and is probably the painter’s first known painting: it seems he painted Diana and her Nymphs towards 1653, at the age of 21. One must enjoy these three pai ntings calmly as they will not be brought together like this in a long time. This should suffice to call in the Vermeer lovers, who will of course have the opportunity to «extend» their visit to the two other famous Vermeer works in the museum: Girl with a pearl earring and the View of Delft for which a character of Proust’s died, overtaken by the emotion …
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