Vermeer and Music

Video from a YouTube live cast aired in 23 August 2013, following an exhibition of the National Gallery on Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Renowned for his sublimely beautiful depictions of everyday Dutch life, Vermeer created exquisite paintings that are sought out by any art lover. Music was a key facet of 17th-century Dutch life, in both public and private. Of Vermeer’s thirty-six surviving paintings, twelve depict musical themes or a musical instrument. The National Gallery organized an exhibition of Vermeer paintings associated with music “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure”, with instruments and music performance incorporated. This video features a talk about two of these paintings.

From the video description: “ArtTalk with National Gallery Curatorial Assistant Albert Godycki and Bojan Čičić, a violinist with the Academy of Ancient Music discuss the popular theme of music in 17th century Dutch painting, focusing on the Gallery’s two Vermeer paintings, ‘A Young Woman standing at a Virginal’ and ‘A Young Woman seated at a Virginal’.”

These two paintings are on view on the Google Art Project.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. gelsobianco says:

    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gelsobianco says:

    I really appreciate all.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Steve Smith says:

    Beautiful painting!

    Liked by 1 person

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