The upcoming Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum has become the museum's biggest ever presale with over 100,000 tickets sold and a month to go before the doors open.
The hang is to be roughly chronological, from Vermeer’s early paintings of the mid-1650s up until his late works completed shortly before his death in 1675. But the strict chronology will be broken up occasionally, to emphasise themes or the artist’s ambitions.
In conjunction with the exhibition planning, all seven of the Dutch Vermeers have been subjected to a detailed technical analysis which has allowed us to understand the way in which the artist carefully planned and constructed his pictures. This material will mainly be presented in exhibition catalogue.
For those wanting to dig a bit deeper into Vermeer's life before visiting the show, the museum has launched a website Closer to Johannes Vermeer which allows viewers to explore Vermeer's life and works through high resolution images and commentary by actor, Stephen Fry.
A richly illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanying the Vermeer show at the Rijksmuseum is being published at the end of February 2023 and is available for preorder.
The exhibition runs 10 February - 4 June 2023, 9:00 to 17:00 with extended hours until 22:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Ticket prices start from € 23.50 per person.