Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, Exhibition Poster

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Elegant, luminous, and serene, the paintings of Johannes Vermeer entrance the eye and calm the spirit. The Dutch Renaissance master's command of light, color, and texture has captivated art enthusiasts for centuries. Early in his career, he seemed to aspire to be a history painter, for his first works were large-scale mythological and religious paintings. He then began to paint the genre scenes, landscapes, and allegories for which he has become so renowned. While Vermeer's subject matter changed in the mid-1650s, he nevertheless continued to imbue his later works with the quiet, intimate moods he preferred in his early history paintings. His paintings of pale beauties in rich costumes, caught in moments of stillness and silence, are among the most loved works in museums worldwide.

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, Exhibition Poster

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Featuring the key image Woman Holding a Balance (1664), this poster accompanies the exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. This painting from the National Gallery of Art collection is a superb example of the artist's exquisite sense of stability and rhythm.


A woman dressed in a blue jacket with fur trim stands serenely at a table in a corner of a room. The scales in her right hand are at equilibrium, suggestive of her inner state of mind. Soft light comes in through the window and illuminates the scene. The woman is so pensive that the viewer almost hesitates to intrude on her quiet moment of contemplation.

  • 24 x 29 inches

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