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Vermeer: The Complete Paintings

Vermeer: The Complete Paintings


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Explore Johannes Vermeer's remarkable legacy with this exquisite volume of detailed recreations and essays. Discover the captivating art of one of the world's most celebrated painters. Analyze his works and their impact on the Dutch Golden Age and contemporary art. Delve into Vermeer's signature technique of expressing a vivid narrative with a single gesture or glance.

Despite numbering only 35 works, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) has achieved a lasting renown far beyond his native Delft and a small circle of patrons. His legacy and fame have grown over the centuries with a New York Times best-seller, a movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, unprecedented museum attendance, and a devoted fan base globally. His works, initially misattributed to other artists, were rediscovered in the mid-19th century and hailed for Vermeer’s masterful interplay of light, texture, and narrative detail. This 40th anniversary edition of Vermeer’s complete catalog captures these details and celebrates his timeless ability to craft stories within a single look, gesture, or expression.

Product Details

  • Taschen's 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover, with dust jacket
  • 434 pages
  • Publication Date:
  • Shipping Dimensions: 8.9 × 6.5 × 1.4 inches
    (22.6 × 16.5 × 3.6 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 lb (40.0 oz; 1134 g)
  • SKU010002459 | ISBN: 9783836587921

About Karl Schütz

After completing his studies of art history and archaeology at the University of Vienna, Karl Schütz joined the staff of the Gemäldegalerie of the city's Kunsthistorisches Museum, serving from 1972 as a curator and from 1990 to 2011 as its director. His particular scholarly interests include Netherlandish and Flemish painting, early-16th-century German painting, courtly portraiture, and the history of the Gemäldegalerie collection.

About the Artist, Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) stands as one of the most enigmatic figures in art history. Little is known about his life, adding an air of mystery to his extraordinary body of work. Born and based in Delft, the Netherlands, Vermeer was a master of light, composition, and meticulous detail.

Vermeer's paintings offer glimpses into everyday life, often featuring domestic scenes, intimate interiors, and female subjects engaged in daily activities. His exceptional ability to capture the effects of light and create a sense of stillness and serenity in his compositions has earned him admiration and acclaim.

Despite producing a relatively small number of paintings during his lifetime, Vermeer's works, such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Milkmaid," continue to captivate audiences with their exquisite beauty and technical skill. His subtle use of color, attention to texture, and masterful handling of light and shadow have solidified his reputation as one of the greatest Dutch painters of the Golden Age.

Although Vermeer's life remains shrouded in mystery, his artistic legacy endures, and his paintings continue to inspire awe and fascination in viewers around the world.

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