The National Gallery, London, is offering a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. The National Gallery has chosen to focus on Vermeer's relationship with music. It is one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and reveals an enormous amount about the sitter and the society they lived in. New research, revealed for the first time at this exhibition, shows how his technique and materials affected his works.
Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer's life and, in doing so, shows in fabulous HD detail many other of the artist's captivating works. For those inspired by the 2003 film, Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, this new, cinematic exploration will take their enjoyment and fascination of Vermeer's life and work to a new level.
For many, Vermeer is the most startling and fascinating painter in history and this event film will show, for the first time ever, more than half of his stunning paintings in high-definition glory on the big screen. Not only will it capture a fascinating exhibition that explores the musical pastimes of 17th-century Netherlands by combining the art of Vermeer and his contemporaries with rare musical instruments, songbooks and live music from the Academy of Ancient Music "A seductive show that lives up to the master's erotic side" (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian) - it will also provide an in-depth look at Vermeer's biography and artistic output.
As well as London, it has been filmed in New York where audiences are treated to the first large screen images from the new Vermeer room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring all five of their Vermeers hanging together for the first time and also Washington, where four more works by the Dutch master hang. Back in Europe, the film visits Amsterdam and then The Hague & Delft to explore these masterpieces such as the iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring and to find out more about the life of the man who created them along the way with expert comments from the world's leading authorities and also help from bestselling novelist Tracey Chevalier, whose novel led to the best-selling 2003 film.
"Seeing an exhibition through a camera (especially an HD camera) is far better than not seeing it at all" Roberta Smith, New York Times
"Informative & intelligent" Philip French, The Observer
"The chance to see great art like it's never been before" Canberra Times, Australia
"A treat for the eyes" Globe and Mail, Canada
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