Paradoxically, it was Vermeer's own approach that was to limit the spread of his fame. By selling so few works to so few patrons located in a minor artistic center such as Delft, he had reduced drastically the possibility that his fame might spread in his own time.
Through more than one hundred and fifty years of rather painstaking study since 1850, scholars have identified thirty-four, perhaps thirty-five, paintings they now safely attribute to Johannes Vermeer.
The Vermeer is generally considered the rarest and most valuable of the lost treasures — at least partly because so few of his paintings are known to exist. (The current consensus is 37, but some scholars still have doubts about the genuineness of three of them.)
Vermeer's fortunes abandoned him in the final years of his life. In a plea to her creditors, Vermeer's widow testified that owing to “the ruinous war with France he not only was unable to sell any of his art but also, to his great detriment, was left sitting with the paintings of other masters that he was dealing in.
Paintings of the more than 300 listed in the Rembrandt Online Catalogue can be viewed at a variety of museums and art collections worldwide. We have included some History Paintings, Landscape and Animals, and Self Portraits at the moment.
Unusually, Rembrandt did not follow the advice that was given to young painters, namely to travel to Italy to study Italian art first hand. Instead he felt that he could learn everything he needed to from the art available in his native country.
As well as holding the world's largest collection of Rembrandt paintings – including The Night Watch, the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, The Jewish Bride – the Rijksmuseum collection offers the world's most comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt's painting oeuvre.
Of the thirty-six paintings attributed to Vermeer, twelve reside in American public collections.
So, having learned that, out of the 36 of his remaining works in the world, 12 are collected in the Louvre, one would expect that these 12 masterpieces would be fabulously staged.
Today, his small body of work is almost exclusively owned by public institutions. A Young Woman Seated at the Virginal (c. 1670) is the only known Vermeer painting housed in a private collection.
The first painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to come to auction in more than 80 years -- and one that for decades has been suspected of being fake -- sold for $30 million Wednesday night at Sotheby's here.
Of the 36 paintings of Vermeer that exist, five of these are at the The Metropolitan Museum in New York, more than any other museum.
The Last Vermeer — the first directorial outing for billionaire Dan Friedkin — recounts the fascinating story of the painting's discovery, and exposure as a fake.
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch artist known especially for his paintings of 17th-century daily life. The 36 or so of his paintings that survive show a remarkable purity of light and form.
The Vermeer exhibition is part of a Louvre season dedicated to the Dutch Golden Age, which is also featuring the exhibition The Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection, by Thomas Kaplan, the francophile New York businessman who owns it and has the world's largest private Rembrandt collection.
Fifty. That's how many prop paintings it took to make The Last Vermeer, the cheekily titled new film telling the true story of a (very) late “Vermeer” painted in 1942 by the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren. In other words, it took 50 fake fakes.
Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil painting on canvas (c. 1665) by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, one of his most well-known works. It depicts an imaginary young woman in exotic dress and a very large pearl earring. The work permanently resides in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.
Today, only thirty-four paintings are generally accepted to be by Vermeer's hand, of which three are in The Frick Collection.
Vermeer and Rembrandt Among Dutch Masters on View at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this Fall | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
How Much Is A Rembrandt Copy Worth? As a Rembrandt print does not require a signature, monogram, or other mark to be worth valuable, it does not require such things to be valuable. His prints—originals and restrikes—ve fetched anywhere between $5,000 and $150,000 at auction.
The Night Watch, 1642
Widely considered to be Rembrandt's most famous work, The Night Watch was completed at the height of the Dutch Golden Age.
The Louvre Museum exhibits several works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and De Hooch, all famous members of the XVIIth century golden generation of Dutch painters.