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The Guitar Player (Vermeer)

The Guitar Player
Jan Vermeer van Delft 013.jpg
ArtistJohannes Vermeer Edit this on Wikidata
Yearc. 1672
Dimensions53 cm (21 in) × 46.3 cm (18.2 in)
IdentifiersRKDimages ID: 188376

The Guitar Player is a circa 1672[1] painting by Jan Vermeer, on display in Kenwood House, London as part of the Iveagh Bequest. In 2012 Kenwood closed for renovations until autumn 2013, and the painting was on display in the National Gallery for this period, next to their own two Vermeers.[1] It was returned to Kenwood House in late December.[2]

On February 23, 1974, the painting was stolen from Kenwood House and held for a ransom of over $1 million (US) in food to be distributed on the Caribbean island of Grenada, or else the painting would be destroyed by those who had stolen it.[3] Later, a small strip of the painting was sent to The Times of London along with a demand that the Irish Republican sisters Marian and Dolours Price be allowed to serve their prison sentences near their homes in Northern Ireland.[4] It was recovered by Scotland Yard in the cemetery of St Bartholomew-the-Great, in London's financial district, on May 7, 1974. Although the painting showed signs of dampness, it was otherwise undamaged.[5]

A period copy, A Lady Playing the Guitar, is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-04-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "What Vermeer's guitar player taught me about the joy of art | Simon Jenkins | Opinion". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
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  4. ^ "Vermeer Thefts: The Guitar Player". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  5. ^ [2]

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