Exhibition dates: September 10, 2009–November 29, 2009
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, that city’s Rijksmuseum will send The Milkmaid, perhaps the most admired painting by Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), to the Metropolitan Museum. To celebrate this extraordinary loan, the Metropolitan Museum will present Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid, a special exhibition that will bring together all five paintings by Vermeer from its collection, along with a select group of works by other Dutch artists, placing Vermeer’s superb picture in its historical context. Along with The Milkmaid, important works by Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu, Nicolaes Maes, Emanuel de Witte, and Gerard ter Borch will be on view. All were masters who, like Vermeer, were active during the remarkable period of exploration, trade, and artistic flowering that occurred during the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century. Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid will mark the first time that the painting has traveled to the United States since it was exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair.
Accompanied by a publication.
The exhibition is made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Daphne Recanati Kaplan and Thomas S. Kaplan, and Bernard and Louise Palitz.
Above: (Detail) “The Milkmaid,” ca. 1658. Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam SK-A-2344.
600 The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer - Introduction
601 Introduction to The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer
601a Introduction to The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer - 2nd Level
602 The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer
602a The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer - 2nd Level
603 A Woman Seated at a Window by Gabriël Metsu