VERMEER: AN ENDURING MYSTERY
Dr Aneta Georgievska-Shine, lecturer in art history, University of Maryland
A master of light and colour, Vermeer creates a timeless world where the smallest actions take on a beauty beyond their commonplace settings. His artistry rests in his ability to transform a simple daily activity, such as pouring a jug of milk or reading a letter, into a sensitive exploration of the human experience. Though few in number, his paintings are considered to be some of the finest art ever created. Well regarded in his lifetime during the seventeenth century, but almost forgotten thereafter, Vermeer has continuously inspired other artists and writers since his rediscovery at the end of the nineteenth century. This double lecture begins with a discussion of Vermeer’s place within the artistic culture of Holland and then takes a closer look at some of his favourite subjects and their possible meanings.