Skip to Content
Admission is always free Directions

Release Date: February 29, 2008

Johannes Vermeer Masterpiece to Travel from the National Gallery Of Art, Washington, to the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, in Late 2008

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art’s masterpiece, A Lady Writing (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) will travel west to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. West coast audiences will have the opportunity to see this Dutch masterpiece from November 7, 2008 through February 2, 2009.

In 2007, the Norton Simon Museum loaned a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), Portrait of a Boy in Fancy Dress (c. 1655), where it was on view from May 11 through September 4, 2007. These loans are part of a long-term exchange program between the two institutions. Additional loans have not yet been finalized.

The National Gallery of Art owns three Vermeer paintings, Girl with the Red Hat (c. 1665/1666), A Lady Writing, and Woman Holding a Balance (c. 1664); and one attributed to Vermeer, Girl with a Flute (probably 1665/1670). Other Vermeer paintings are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection, both in New York City.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Questions from members of the media may be directed to the Department of Communications at (202) 842-6353 or [email protected]

The public may call (202) 737-4215 or visit for more information about the National Gallery of Art.