Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Johannes Vermeer and the Masters of the Golden Age of Dutch Painting
from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

January 22 (Sat) – April 3 (Sun), 2022

Postponed

All visitors need to make a reservation in advance. Please see our special website for details

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.

Features
Features
  1. 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. 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. 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.

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Major works

Major works
  • Johannes Vermeer
    Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window
    (after restoration), ca.1657-59, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

  • Jacob van Ruisdael
    Waterfall with a Castle on a Mountain
    , ca.1665/70, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

  • Rembrandt van Rijn
    Saskia van Uylenburgh as a Girl
    , ca.1633, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

  • Gabriel Metsu
    Lady with a Lace-Making Pillow
    , ca. 1661/64, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

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Information

Information

Period

January 22 (Sat) – April 3 (Sun), 2022

Postponed

Venue
Exhibition Rooms
Closed
Mondays, March 22 (Open the Monday of March 21)
Hours
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Admission

General ¥2,100 / College students ¥1,300 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,500


  • ※All visitors are requested to use our timed-entry online reservation system to purchase tickets. Please see our special website for details
  • ※People of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate. (Timed-entry reservation not required)
  • ※Timed-entry reservations not required for preschoolers.
  • ※High-school and university students, seniors 65 and older, and visitors with certificates are asked to show identification.
  • ※Same-day admission time slots are available for people who cannot easily make reservations using an online play guide. However, please be advised that the pre-set number of tickets may be sold out on your arrival.
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Sankei Shimbun, Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Supported by
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.
Special Sponsored by
Earth Corporation
Sponsored by
Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Nissha Co., Ltd.
Special Cooperation with
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Cooperation with
Lufthansa Cargo AG, Lufthansa German Airlines, YAMATO TRANSPORT
Special WEB Site
https://www.dresden-vermeer.jp
Telephone Inquiry
TEL:050-5541-8600(Hello dial)

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