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Vermeer's Women Exhibition - Fitzwilliam Museum

Last few days to visit the sublime Vermeer's Women: Secret and Silence exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

I loved the collection. Each painting, despite the crowds surrounding them, made you stop and really observe the story the painter was describing.  If you can get to see it before January 15th 2012 I thoroughly recommend it.

Extract taken from The Fitzwilliam Museum website.

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Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

Wed 5 October 2011 to Sun 15 January 2012

Mellon Gallery (13)
Free Admission

Please note: Due to popular demand, there have been long queues for entry to Vermeer's Women: Secrets & Silence, from the morning to late lunchtime. If at all possible, we recommend that you attend after 3pm, in order to make the most of your visit. If you come earlier, may we ask you to please limit your visit to 30 - 45 minutes, in respect of other visitors. Thank you.

Late opening hours between 3 - 15 January

Explore the intimate beauty of Vermeer's exquisite scenes of Dutch 17th-century women in their homes in the only showing of this stunning exhibition. At its heart is Vermeer’s extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.1669-70) - one of the Musée du Louvre’s most famous works - rarely seen outside Paris and now on loan to the UK for the first time.

The painting is complemented by three key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, A lady at the virginals with a gentleman 'The Music Lesson' (c.1662-5) on loan from The Royal Collection; A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (c.1670) from the National Gallery, London; and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (private collection, New York).

Joining these are 28 masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch 'Golden Age' evoking the private realms inhabited almost exclusively by women who we glimpse engaged in domestic tasks, at their toilette or immersed in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, reading or writing letters.

Featuring works from museums and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA, many of which have never been on public display in Britain, this Cambridge showing will be the only chance to see these masterpieces brought together in one exhibition.

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Other artists featured in this exhibition include:
Cornelis de Bisschop, Gerard ter Borch, Esaias Boursse, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Nicolaes Maes, Cornelis de Man, Eglon van der Neer, Jacob van Ochtervelt, Godfried Schalcken, Jan Steen and Jacobus Vrel.

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