Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window is an early masterpiece by the great 17th-century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, in which he established his definitive painting style portraying women reading letters and engaged in other private activities under light from a window. X-ray images taken in 1979 disclosed a painting-within-a-painting, showing a Cupid, on the background wall. The Cupid was long thought to have been painted out by Vermeer himself, yet recent findings announced in 2019 indicated that the overpainting was done by another hand.
This exhibition will display Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window with recent large-scale restoration revealing the image of Cupid—the second display of the restored work since its unveiling at Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Also featured will be some 70 masterpieces from the Dresden museum's collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Gabriel Metsu, and Jacob van Ruisdael.
1. The world’s first showing of Vermeer’s fully restored Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window outside its home museum! For the first time in the world, Vermeer’s masterpiece will be on public display outside its home museum, after a full restoration revealed a hidden “painting within a painting” of Cupid.
2. Watch video documentation of the restoration process As the overpaint is meticulously removed, the Cupid gradually comes into view. Watch the restoration process in a video documentary!
3. Dutch 17th-century paintings from the collection of Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Featured besides Vermeer—some 70 masterpieces by the foremost Dutch artists of the 17th-century, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Gabriël Metsu, and Jacob van Ruisdael.
Johannes Vermeer Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (after restoration), ca.1657-59, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden
General ¥2,100 ／ College students ¥1,300 ／ Seniors 65+ ¥1,500
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