Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Johannes Vermeer
The Lacemaker
c. 1669-1670
Musée du Louvre
Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot
October 22, 2017–January 22, 2018

This blockbuster exhibition was organized by the Louvre, the National Gallery – Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  It showcased masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer alongside the works of other artists of the Dutch Golden Age such as Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Caspar Netscher, and Frans van Mieris. The exhibition brought to light Vermeer’s creative mastery and his membership in a network of painters specializing in the depiction of everyday life.