woman waving at a girl

Woman at a Window, waving at a Girl. Jacobus Vrel © Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris

The Critics Circle

Vermeer's Women

Secrets and Silence

William Russell

Published: 01/10/2011

 Vermeer's Women - Secrets and Silence will run at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge from October 5, 2011 until January 15, 2012. It includes four of his painting as well as 24 others by painters from the Dutch Golden Age, all of which explore the mysterious appeal of women. Vermeer's The Lacemaker, one of the treasures of the Louvre,  is on show in Britain for the first time. The pictures show women at home, cooking, washing, dressing, looking after children, gossping, looking out the window or walking down the street. They provide a ravishing view of domestic life at the time and hint at all sorts of secret things going on just out of sight.



woman at virginalJohannes Vermeer - A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal. © The National Gallery, London. Salting Bequest, 1910



 The lace makerJohannes Vermeer - The Lacemaker. Musee du Louvre, Paris. © Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Gerard Blot



 Courtyard of House in DelftPieter de Hooch - The Courtyard of a House in Delft. © The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1871








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