Friday, April 29, 2011

An Examination of Vermeer in American Collections and Beyond

Johannes Vermeer is admired today as one of the greatest and most fascinating masters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, and he will be the focus of the next Metropolitan Museum lecture at Bernardsville Library on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm. Vivian Gordon from the museum’s Education Department will speak about Vermeer and give an overview of his 36 surviving paintings.

Justly described as “the sphinx of Delft,” Vermeer was almost forgotten after the 17th century. Now, however, any Vermeer exhibition draws huge crowds, and he is the subject of best-selling novels and films. The library talk, illustrated with slides, will examine Vermeer’s paintings and style with emphasis on the sizeable number – even more than in the Netherlands – that can be seen in American collections.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

*Photo from The Metropolitan Museum of Art;

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