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Vermeer Painting to be Displayed in Budapest


The Astronomer, one of the most famous paintings by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, has arrived in Budapest and will be displayed as part of an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts. The large-scale exhibition, focusing on Rembrandt and the “golden century” of Dutch painting, will present 178 pictures by 100 artists, including 20 Rembrandts, Laszlo Baan, the director of the museum revealed.

The exhibition will open on Oct. 31 and close on Feb. 15 next year. On the same day, the museum will also close for a three-year reconstruction project.


Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. Vermeer is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

via HungaryMatters, Wikipedia, MTI Photos by Noémi Bruzák