Our art Wednesdays are back, exciting occasions for in-depth appreciation of the great themes brought to the fore by each exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale. Some of the most authoritative scholars will be illustrating the various aspects of an extremely complex artistic phenomenon, both in relation to the world the artist lived in and to the history of European art, Italian in particular. The Vermeer mystery in all its accepted meanings.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema
Entrance by the stairs in Via Milano 9A, Rome
FREE ADMISSION WHILE SEATS ARE AVAILABLE
Booking possible for PdE+SdQ membership cardholders only
Introduction to the exhibition - lectures
Head of the Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage Service of Milan and Director of the Brera Picture Gallery.
Johannes Vermeer's painting, apparently lacking in changes or influences, actually followed a cultural development and poetic itinerary, expression of personal growth and a specific historical, social and artistic context. For all its distance, Italian culture was not foreign to him.
Genre painting in 17th century Holland: the boundaries of a visual horizon - lectures
Associate Professor of Modern Art History, University of Calabria; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Durham University (UK)
Domesticity, intimacy, reflectiveness, analytic definition of the female world, are key concepts in critical interpretation of Vermeer. A reading of the constants in his paintings, in the context of the artistic practices of his time and the construction of the collective imagination of the Northern Netherlands in the 17th century.
The secret of Vermeer - lectures
Director of the Vatican Museums and Chairman of the Scuderie del Quirinale Scientific Commission
Though less than forty of his works have come down to us and his training still remains mysterious in many ways, Vermeer is a painter who has fascinated modern literature and art like few others: Marcel Proust, Giorgio Morandi and Ingmar Bergman to name but three. What is his secret?
The Vermeer Forger - lectures
The incredible story of Han van Meegeren, a 20th century Dutch artist who, in revenge for slating reviews of his work as a traditionalist painter, did a series of false Vermeers such as Christ at Emmaus, judged by the press worldwide as "Vermeer's absolute masterpiece".
Vermeer: the sources of his painting - lectures
Silvia Danesi Squarzina
Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Proust wrote that Vermeer's pictures are fragments of one and the same world. But the artist's sources were actually multiple and ranged from everyday life to his mother-in-law's art collection, from Cesare Ripa's Iconologia - translated and published in Amsterdam in 1644 - to emblem literature.
Science and Art in the Age of Vermeer - lectures
PhD, University of Amsterdam, Department of Art History
While Vermeer's technical experiments demonstrate a deep interest in natural science, optics in particular, they do not lead to interpretation of his art as completely 'modern', but they do reflect his conception of the visible world as a direct manifestation - after holy writ - of divine power.