It's headline news: 2023 is the year of Vermeer!
With a blockbuster exhibition opening at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, showing 28 of the master's painting in one location, never before has there been a time to see such an impressive variety of this Dutch master's portfolio, and such a unique experience will surely will draw in crowds from all over the world.
But what is the purpose of such an exhibition, rather than drawing in huge crowds and seeing so many works in one location? The answer is: research. Having so many works together gives art historians the unique opportunity to compare works 'in the flesh', reassess attributions, and discuss Vermeer's works together in various conferences. Many museums have taken took this opportunity to restore their works in order to send them to the exhibition in tip top condition.
This talk is just about that! Sabry Amroussi has been a fly on the wall the past years, closely following the research involved in this exhibition. With his exclusive inside knowledge, he will share with you the latest (and sometimes controversial) theories, discoveries and research involving the elusive Vermeer. An updated version of a lecture Sabry has given at the Museum of fine Arts in Houston, and to the staff of the National Gallery in Washington DC, "Vermeer: New Light on an Old Master", will change your view of Vermeer's oeuvre, bringing you up to date with the most recent views on his work, and will prepare you thoroughly for your visit to the Vermeer retrospective as well. With his unique wit and profound knowledge of, and involvement within, this project, Sabry will give you an insider's seat at this unique event and exhibition.
Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.