The Madness of Johannes Vermeer
Andrew Graham-Dixon, author of the definitive biography of Caravaggio, is working on a new and groundbreaking study of another great seventeenth-century painter, Johannes Vermeer, planned for completion next year. In this talk he gives a sneak preview of some of his most important new discoveries and reinterpretations of some of the most popular paintings in the world, including the Girl with a Pearl Earring, A View of Delft, The Milkmaid and The Artist in His Studio.
Drawing on a mass of material discovered in the archives of Delft and other Dutch towns, from Gouda to Amsterdam, Andrew reveals the unimaginably tempestuous and volatile family background of the artist and places him within the seethingly strange and violent world of seventeenth-century Holland – something that has never been properly done until now. He explores the causes that lay behind the artist’s premature death, in his early forties, and shows that a combination of madness and destitution brought on by the sudden invasion of Holland by France in 1672 were to blame. As well as shedding new light on the little known facts of the painter’s life, Andrew proposes an entirely new way of seeing his paintings. Vermeer’s pictures are known for their calmness, their beauty, their careful attention to the visible world; but Andrew argues that within each of the artist’s masterpieces there lies a volcano of intense emotion. No one who attends the talk will ever think of Vermeer in quite the same way again.
Dates & Times
- Date: 30 / 10 / 19Time: 19:30Book Now
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