Landed in Tokyo in 2022 and will be released for the first time in the world outside the holding building
"Vermeer and the 17th Century Dutch Painting Exhibition in the Dresden National Classical Painting Museum"
Held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from Saturday, January 22, 2022 to Sunday, April 3, 2022
The Dresden National Classical Painting Museum in Germany held a press conference on September 9, and the restoration of Johannes Vermeer's (1632-75) early masterpiece "Girl Reading a Letter at the Window" was completed. Was announced, and the restored work was released to the press for the first time. In a project that began in 2017, a large overcoat that was hiding Cupid's picture-in-picture with a bow in the background turned out to have been done by someone after Vermeer's death, and that overcoat layer. A repair was also done to remove the. This work is open to the public at the Vermeer-focused exhibition that began on September 10th in the collection. "Fermer and 17th Century Dutch Painting Exhibition in the Dresden National Classical Painting Museum" to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno Park, Tokyo) from Saturday, January 22nd next year (sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) It will be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Sankei Shimbun, and Fuji Television), and will be released in sequence in the three cities of Hokkaido, Osaka, and Miyagi.
Johannes Vermeer's "Girl Reading a Letter at the Window" by Johannes Vermeer, a master of Dutch painting in the 17th century, is a featured work of this exhibition. It is an early masterpiece that is said to have established the style. In 1979, an X-ray survey revealed that the wall was painted with Cupid's picture-in-picture, and for many years it was thought that Vermeer himself erased the picture. However, a 2017 survey revealed that it had been erased by someone other than Vermeer, and from the following year, restoration was being carried out to remove the topcoat layer of the picture-in-picture. After the restoration, the director of the museum, Stephan Koya, said, "The restoration of Cupid in the background reveals the true intentions of the painter. A fundamental message about true love that goes beyond the context of mere love. That's it. " The appearance of Cupid's picture-in-picture has an impact on the interpretation of the painting itself, and further research and research is expected in the future.
■ Before restoration
■ After restoration
-After restoring Vermeer's "Girl Reading a Letter at the Window", it will be unveiled for the first time in the world outside the holdings!
This work, in which the hidden picture-in-picture of Cupid appears, will be released after its debut at the collection hall. It will be the first time in the world to show the restored appearance except for the holdings.
● Introducing the process of the restoration project
Cupid gradually emerges after carefully removing the overcoated paint layer. We will introduce the restoration process with videos.
● 17th Century Dutch Painting Collection, proud of the Dresden National Classical Painting Museum
Not only Vermeer, but also about 70 masterpieces of 17th century Dutch painters such as Rembrandt, Metsu and Van Ruisdal will be exhibited.
Exhibition name: Vermeer and 17th Century Dutch Painting Exhibition in the Dresden National Classical Painting Museum
English Exhibition Name: Johannes Vermeer and the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Planning Exhibition Room (8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Date: January 22nd (Sat) -April 3rd (Sun), 2022
Organizer: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Sankei Shimbun, Fuji Television
Special cooperation: Sony Music Entertainment
Inquiries: 050-5541-8600 (Hello dial)
Exhibition official website: https://www.dresden-vermeer.jp
* Closed days, opening hours, admission fees, etc. will be announced on the official exhibition website as soon as they are decided.
* Exhibition works, exhibition dates, etc. are subject to change due to future circumstances, so please check the exhibition official website for the latest information.
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