『手紙を書く女』 フェルメール作。1665-1666頃。ワシントンＤＣ、ナショナル・アート・ギャラリー。 "Lady Writing Letter"1665-1666, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Vermeer, Master Painter of Light "Vermeer and Delft Style" exhibit has been shown at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from 8/2/2008 to 12/14/2008. It drew over 500,000 viewers as of 10/29/2008, and it has been highly appraised by art lovers.
In Los Angles, "Vermeer" exhibit will be shown from 11/7/2008 to 2/2/2009 at Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena city, 25 minutes East of downtown Los Angeles. I plan to visit the exhibit tomorrow, 11/9/2008. It shows his painting of "Lady Writing Letter".
According to the advertisement for "Vermeer Exhibit in Tokyo"（←Link) : The master Vermeer expresses the light that illuminates the happiness in your heart. Johannes Vermeer is acknowledged as one of the most brilliant painters in the Western art history, and also as a mysterious figure who only left some thirty paintings. Three-hundred-fifty years after his death, he comes into the limelight again.
『水差しを持つ女』 1664-1665年頃。所蔵:ニューヨーク、メトロポリタン美術館。 "Woman with a Water Jug",1664-1665, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
『真珠の耳飾の少女（青いターバンの少女）』。1665〜1666年頃。デン・ハーグ、マウリッツハイス美術館 "Girl with a Pearl Earring (a.k.a. Girl In A Turban)", 1665-1666, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Especially, "Girl with a Pear Earring" is very popular, and a novel was created from this painting. A Hollywood movie was made from that novel in 2004.
Holland 1665. 17 year old griet works to support her family as a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer where she attracts the painters attention. Master van Ruijven senses intimacy between them & contrives a commission for vermeer to paint griet alone. The result will be one of the greatest paintings ever created. Scarlett Johansson plays Griet, a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth, Bridget Jones' Diary), who finds herself in a web of jealousy, artistic inspiration, and social machinations.
『真珠の耳飾の少女』2004年ハリウッド映画のＤＶＤ "Girl with a Pearl Earring" 2004 Hollywood Movie, DVD
I will add my review of this Vermeer painting tomorrow.
Update 11/10/2008: I saw a "Vermeer Exhibit" at Norton Simon Museum on 11/9/2008. We went to the museum little after the opening time of 12 PM. There were lots of people entering the museum. After viewing regular exhibit of 14th to 19th century paintings, we went to see the exhibit hall where "Vermeer Exhibit" was held.
My review is: How precise the painting is! It is like a photo. And, it is smaller than I imagined.
A lady is wearing gold ribbons and pearl earrings. A pearl necklace is lying next to her letter. Pearls are mysterious virtue from Orient. It looks as if she was interrupted while she was writing a love letter.
It's hard to imagine this painting was drawn more than 350 years ago. It still illuminates mysterious lights.
It was OK to take photo without flash, so I will upload some photos below.
『手紙を書く女』 原画の写真 11・9・2008 ノートン・サイモン美術館にて。
"Lady Writing A Letter" Norton Simon Museum of Art, 11/9/2008.
I was happy to be able to see "Vermeer Exhibit". Norton Simon Museum owns a Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Boy". It was leased to National Gallery in Washington DC for 3 months in 2007. As an appreciation, Vermeer's "Lady Writing A Letter" was leased to Norton Simon Museum for 3 months. It is the first exhibit of Vermeer in Southern California.
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