In the spring of 2023, the Rijksmuseum will dedicate a retrospective exhibition to the 17th-century master Johannes Vermeer for the first time in its history. With loans from all over the world, this promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition ever. The Rijksmuseum itself has four masterpieces by Vermeer, including the world-famous Milkmaid and Het Straatje. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis. Preparations for the exhibition are currently in full swing. Among other things, both museums conduct research into Vermeer’s artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as into the making process of his paintings.
The exhibition in 2023 at the Rijksmuseum will include masterpieces such as the Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Writing Woman with a Maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman with the Scales (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC) on display. In addition, works will be shown that have never been shown to the public in the Netherlands before, including the newly restored woman reading a letter at the open window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. 3rd December 2021