The National Gallery of Scotland presents "The Young Vermeer" exhibition, inaugurated this December 8th, 2010.
Displaying three paintings of the thirty six known ones by Johannes Vermeer, this exhibition is a must see for any art lover.
Vermeer is considered one of the world's greatest painters, and particularly renowned for his masterly treatment of light .
"Diana and her Nymphs" (about 1653-54) from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague; "Christ in the House of Martha and Mary" (about 1654-55) from the National Galleries of Scotland; and "The Procuress" (1656) from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden, are the three paintings that can be seen at the exhibition.
During his lifetime Vermeer was known only to a small circle of devotees and never attained the same level of fame as other Dutch artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder ,Rembrandt or Gerrit Dou, with some of his paintings being misattributed to artists with greater reputations.
It was only in 1859 that the French connoisseur Étienne Thoré-Bürger discovered the signature on ‘The Procuress' in Dresden and identified it as the earliest work of Vermeer then known.
In 1901 the London dealer Forbes & Paterson offered for sale Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, attributed to Vermeer after his signature was discovered at the lower left on the side of the foot-stool. This discovery also finally confirmed Vermeer's long disputed authorship of the Diana and her Nymphs.
Open to the public until the 13th of March 2011, The Young Vermeer exhibition is admission free, therefore there are no excuses to miss it, especially for the readers of this blog who were informed last February.
Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer was baptized in Delft on 31 October 1632 as Joannis, and buried in the same city under the name Jan on 15 December 1675.
To know more about the artist you can consult the website Essential Vermeer.