Masterful Vermeer exhibition unrivalled
After six years of meticulous planning, the National Gallery's highly anticipated exhibition 'Vermeer and the masters of genre painting: Inspiration and rivalry' opened in Dublin yesterday.
It coincided with the re-opening of the gallery, which has undergone a €30m refurbishment.
Vermeer produced roughly three paintings a year, and 10 of his paintings feature in the exhibition alongside work from other regarded genre painters from the Dutch Golden Age of painting from 1650 to 1675.
The exhibition hopes to dispel the idea that Vermeer was an isolated artist and explores his relationship with his contemporaries.
Several of his most iconic pieces including 'Lady Writing a Letter' with 'Her Maid', 'Woman with a Pearl Necklace', and 'The Astronomer' are on show.
Other artists featured include Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, and Frans van Mieris.