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from 27 September 2012 to 20 January 2013
Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale

The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Press Release

The exhibition “Vermeer. The Golden Age of Dutch Art”, at the Scuderie del Quirinale from the 27th September 2012 to the 20th January 2013, offers the public at large the first great exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest Dutch artists of the 17th century ever to be held in Italy.

Organized by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and coproduced with MondoMostre, the exhibition is curated by Arthur K. Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Sandrina Bandera, Soprintendente per il Patrimonio Artistico Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantopologico di Milano.

Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675, Delft) painted no more than 50 paintings in his life (today only 37 of these are known). Art connoisseur and merchant, he considered himself above all a painter. He worked only on commission and never painted more than two or three works each year, what was necessary to support his wife and eleven children: today he is considered amongst the greatest artists of all time, and certainly one of the most notorious, one who has become a cult-figure with a series of iconic paintings that have inspired writers, such as best-seller author Tracy Chevalier and her “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”, and Hollywood directors.