from 27 September 2012 to 20 January 2013
Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale
The Golden Age of Dutch Art
We are in 1866: Vermeer has been dead for close to two centuries, and, amongst connoisseurs, his fame has never ceased to grow. Some notorious supporters of his incredible skill and enchanted by his works were Teophile Gautier, the Goncourt brothers and, most famously, Proust, who demonstrated an intense and fatalistic interest in the painter. It is not yet clear if Vermeer had a master, and who this was, and little is known of his life, so much so that the very same Théophile Thoré-Bürger called him “the Sphinx of Delft”. Nevertheless, he is the artist that taught us how to see light, notwithstanding his quantitatively limited repertoire.