Johannes Vermeer, ‘View of Delft’,1660-61,oil on canvas (Mauritshuis, The Hague)
Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum (Feb 10-Jun 4) is the largest exhibition of the 17th century Dutch master’s work ever staged, featuring 28 paintings (from his entire oeuvre of only 35) loaned from museums and collections around the world, including all three owned by New York’s Frick Collection: The Girl Interrupted at Her Music, Officer and Laughing Girl and Mistress and Maid. Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived and worked in Delft. He is best known for his tranquil indoor scenes, his use of bright, colorful light and his convincing illusionism. New research into his paintings using the latest technology has shed fresh light on his life and work.