There are only 36 of Vermeer's works in the world and to have seven of them in one place is remarkable. To have them within a stone's throw of us is fantastic.
from the M.L. Lutebook, 26r, performed by Thomas Berghan, 2001
We have our tickets already and just need to pick a date. To buy tickets online (you can print them out at home) visit this page: Vermeer and the Delft Style (English)
From the (excellent) website Essential Vermeer: "The Vermeer paintings included in the exhibition are: The Little Street,Diana and her Companions, The Girl with the Wineglass, Woman with a Lute, Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, The Art of Painting, and the recently re-attributed A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals which is rarely on public view. The exhibition also features the miniscule masterpiece View of Delft by Carel Fabritius, a splendid view of Delft by Van der Heyden and two fine De Hoogh’s."
K has seen "The Art of Painting" before, on exhibit in Tokyo. Although I visited the Rijksmuseum which has four of his works as a college student the only paintings that I recall from that visit are by Rembrandt. The National Art Gallery in London also has 4 of his works, but on that day (1988) I was being followed by the police and knew it, so can't recall much of anything I saw there that day.
Anyway, I'm really happy to get to see these.