Johannes Vermeer's intensely quiet and enigmatic paintings invite the viewer into a private world, often prompting more questions than answers. Who is being portrayed? Are his subjects real or imagined? And how did he create such an unrivaled sense of intimacy?
Bringing together diverse strands of the Dutch master's professional and private worlds, this is the first major authoritative study of Vermeer's life and work for many years shedding light on all thirty-seven of his paintings.
Vermeer was designed by Irma Boom, the "Queen of Books," and printed on an uncoated "Munken Print White" paper, specially commissioned to ensure the veracity of colors. Irma Boom says: "the matte paper brings you closer to Vermeer; there is no gloss or glare in between, just like with the real works." With a wide selection of contextual illustrations, commentaries, and up-to-date research by distinguished international Vermeer scholars, this is the definitive volume on the most admired of all seventeenth-century Dutch masters.
With contributions by
Bart Cornelis, National Gallery, London
Bente Frissen, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Sabine Pénot, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Pieter Roelofs, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Friederike Schuett, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Christian Tico Seifert, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Ariane van Suchtelen, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Gregor J.M. Weber, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Marjorie E. Wieseman, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Comprehensive… Vermeer scholars…give insight into his life and influences while analyzing the paintings and their compositions in great detail… A feast for the yes as well as the mind… Worthy of any art history collection.
— Sandy Knowles Library Journal
Gregor J M Weber
The authors all work at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Gregor J. M. Weber is head of the department of fine arts.
Pieter Roelofs is head of paintings and sculpture.
Taco Dibbits is general director.