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Johannes Vermeer's The Art of Painting

November 24, 1999 – February 8, 2000
West Building, Gallery 51

Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Writing, c. 1665, oil on canvas, Gift of Harry Waldron Havemeyer and Horace Havemeyer, Jr., in memory of their father, Horace Havemeyer, 1962.10.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The Art of Painting by Johannes Vermeer was on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, after nearly four years of conservation treatment. It was installed with four paintings from the Gallery's permanent collection: Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance, A Lady Writing, and Girl with the Red Hat; and Girl with a Flute, attributed to Vermeer. The Art of Painting could not be included in the 1995-1996 exhibition Johannes Vermeer because of its fragile paint structure at the time. It was last seen in the United States in the 1949-1950 exhibition Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, was the exhibition curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by Juliet and Lee Folger/The Folger Fund.

Attendance: 130,241

Brochure: Johannes Vermeer: The Art of Painting, by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. with the assistance of Mari Griffith. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1999.

Vermeer, Johannes
Dutch, 1632 - 1675
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