Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

Wed 5 October 2011 to Sun 15 January 2012

Mellon Gallery (13)
Free Admission

Please note: Due to popular demand, there have been long queues for entry to Vermeer's Women: Secrets & Silence. We may we ask you to please limit your visit to 30 - 45 minutes, in respect of other visitors. Thank you.

Late opening hours between 3 - 15 January

The Courtyard Entrance will be open to 7pm on Tuesday to Fridays and to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays between 3 and 15 January.

Explore the intimate beauty of Vermeer's exquisite scenes of Dutch 17th-century women in their homes in the only showing of this stunning exhibition. At its heart is Vermeer’s extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.1669-70) - one of the Musée du Louvre’s most famous works - rarely seen outside Paris and now on loan to the UK for the first time.

The painting is complemented by three key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, A lady at the virginals with a gentleman 'The Music Lesson' (c.1662-5) on loan from The Royal Collection; A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (c.1670) from the National Gallery, London; and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (private collection, New York).

Joining these are 28 masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch 'Golden Age' evoking the private realms inhabited almost exclusively by women who we glimpse engaged in domestic tasks, at their toilette or immersed in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, reading or writing letters.

Featuring works from museums and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA, many of which have never been on public display in Britain, this Cambridge showing will be the only chance to see these masterpieces brought together in one exhibition.

Lace Display
to 15 January 2012

Glaisher Gallery (27)

Complementing Vermeer’s Women, admire a beautiful range of lace, made with needles or bobbins.


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Other artists featured in this exhibition include:
Cornelis de Bisschop, Gerard ter Borch, Esaias Boursse, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Nicolaes Maes, Cornelis de Man, Eglon van der Neer, Jacob van Ochtervelt, Godfried Schalcken, Jan Steen and Jacobus Vrel.

Major support provided by:
The Monument Trust
Hewitsons · Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands · The Marlay Group · PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP · RealVNC · Recanati-Kaplan Foundation · Sarisin & Partners · TTP Group

Image credits:

The Lacemaker c.1669-1670
Musée du Louvre, Paris © Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ Gérard Blot

A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal c. 1670-1672 (detail)
Salting Bequest, 1910 © National Gallery, London

Pieter de Hooch, The Courtyard of a House in Delft c.1658 (detail) © National Gallery, London

Gerard ter Borch, Young Woman with a Glass of Wine, Holding a Letter in her Hand c.1665 (detail)
Sinebrychoff Art Museum © Finnish National Gallery/Central Art Archives/Henri Tuomi & Hannu Pakarinen

Wed 5 October 2011 to Sun 15 January 2012
Mellon Gallery (13)

Related Links

Vermeer's Women podcast: an introduction with curator Betsy Wieseman and images from the exhibition.

The Big Picture Episode 2
The Big Picture explores the Vermeer exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum. The museum's director, Dr. Timothy Potts, talks about the key features of the exhibition

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