Vermeer and his viols

June 26, 2013

A Young Woman seated at a Virginal (Johannes Vermeer), c.1670-2. Image: The National Gallery, London
The Music Lesson (Johannes Vermeer), about 1662-3. Image: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
A Man and a Woman seated by a Virginal (Gabriel Metsu), c.1665. Image: The National Gallery, London
A Musical Party (Jacob van Velsen), c.1631. Image: The National Gallery, London
A Musical Party in a Courtyard (Pieter de Hooch), c.1677. Image: The National Gallery, London
A Young Man playing a Theorbo and a Young Woman playing a Cittern (Jan Miense Molenaer), c.1630-2. Image: The National Gallery, London
A Woman playing a Clavichord (Gerrit Dou), c.1665. Image: by Permission of the Trustees of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
The Concert (Hendrick ter Brugghen), c.1626. Image: The National Gallery, London

From 26 June to 8 September, London’s National Gallery is displaying paintings by Johannes Vermeer alongside the works of his fellow 17th-century Dutch artists. To coincide with Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure, an article in our July issue analyses the use of musical instruments in several of the artworks on display. Here are some of those artworks.

UPDATE: On 23 August, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm GMT, National Gallery curatorial assistant Albert Godycki and Bojan ?i?i?, principal second violin of the Academy of Ancient Music, took part in a live talk on Google+. The talk focused on the Gallery’s two Vermeer paintings, A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal, and A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal. To watch a video of the talk, click here

To navigate through the gallery, click on any image and use the left and right arrow keys to view the pictures.

Download the July issue to read the full article.

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