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The Essential Vermeer

Created by painter Jonathan Janson, this Web site consists of over 250 pages of information on the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, broadly categorized into his art, his life, and related research. Examples from the art area are: an illustrated list of Vermeer's paintings in chronological order that includes both thumbnail-size b&w and larger color images, dimensions and locations of the originals, and descriptions excerpted from various art historical texts; Jon Boone's essay "The 'Missing' Vermeer's: A Brief Account of Vermeer's Oeuvre," explaining why, after hundreds of years of scholarship, only 34 or 35 paintings are definitely attributed to Vermeer; the Dissius Auction, a sale of paintings in 1696 including 21 Vermeers; and Erroneously Attributed Vermeers and Fakes, including some by the notorious forger Van Meegeren. In the life section, visitors will find timelines and a biographical sketch of Vermeer. Also at the site are links to additional Web-based and printed resources, a list of international Vermeer events, recent novels and movies inspired by Vermeer, the Vermeer Newsletter, an audio guide to correct Dutch pronunciations, and a children's corner with puzzles, where you can see how fast you can re-assemble Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.
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Date Issued 2001-
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-02-21
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2003/0221

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