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Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series to Feature Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

On Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will feature a lecture, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” presented by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The National Gallery exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, is a landmark exhibition examining the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675 when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of depictions of domestic life.

Specifically, the exhibition brings together some 75 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age, including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen. Juxtaposing paintings related by theme, composition, and technique, the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, rivaled, surpassed, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. In addition, the exhibition features 10 paintings by Vermeer, many of which have not been seen in the United States since the Gallery’s legendary 1995–1996 exhibition Johannes Vermeer.

The Kittredge-Wilson lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Series Tickets: (6 lectures) $125 Members, $150 Non-members. Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members. Pre-registration is suggested.  Register online at or call 410-822-2787.

Caption: Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance (detail), c. 1664, Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection