Artwork Historical past Information: Vrel, Forerunner of Vermeer

The Mauritshuis 

16 February – 29 Could 2023

 Fondation Custodia, Paris
17 June 2023 – 17 September 2023

Virtually everybody is aware of Johannes Vermeer’s quiet interiors and that little avenue he painted, however few folks know that artist Jacobus Vrel (energetic c. 1640-1660) was already producing scenes of this type earlier than the paint was dry on Vermeer’s first masterpiece. The Mauritshuis shares the story of this mysterious painter in Vrel – Forerunner of Vermeer.

The exhibition will inform the story of how Vrel was rediscovered within the nineteenth and early twentieth century utilizing a choice of his best works. Two extraordinary work from the well-known Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna shall be coming to The Hague. One is Lady on the Window (1654), the one dated work by Vrel.

Picture: Jacobus Vrel, A Seated Lady Taking a look at a Baby via a Window. Paris, Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Assortment.

Forerunner of Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer and Jacobus Vrel depicted the identical topics, in addition to sharing the identical initials: JV. For a very long time, some work by Vrel have been really attributed to Johannes Vermeer. There have even been instances of full signatures by Jacobus Vrel being was solid Vermeer signatures. Two works within the exhibition – Avenue Scene with a Bakery by the City Wall, In all probability Waterstraat in Zwolle from Hamburger Kunsthalle and Outdated Lady Studying, with a Boy behind the Window, now a part of a personal assortment – have been bought in 1888 as ‘Vermeers’.

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