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.