Ruth Leon recommends…We Love Vermeer – Rijksmuseum

Ruth Leon recommends…We Love Vermeer – Rijksmuseum

Ruth Leon recommends

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January 16, 2022

We Love Vermeer – Rijksmuseum
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Can you believe that the paintings of Johannes Vermeer were virtually unknown until the middle of the 19th century? Today, as everyone knows, he is one of the most renowned and revered artists in the world. Pieter Roelofs, Head of Paintings and Sculpture at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, tells us why.

Four perfect minutes with a man who can tell us details about paintings and painters we couldn’t possibly have known without studying what he has studied. In this video he shows us why Vermeer matters, what he saw, how he used light, above all about how he told us stories with his brush. He illuminates the little moments in Vermeer’s stories. Delicious.

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  • Becky says:

    I enjoy the focus he has on ordinary working women rather than just the women he was commissioned to paint who were in wealthy families.

  • Kim says:

    His paintings just draw me in. I’m in amazement that he captured a particular scene so realistically and beautifully. I can’t tear my eyes away!