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Complete Catalogue of the Painting of Johannes Vermeer

Complete Interactive Vermeer Catalogue

tracker last updated: Dec. 12, 2018

1

Diana and her Companions

c. 1653–1656
Oil on canvas
98.5 x 105 cm. (38 3/4 x 41 3/8 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact 2

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

c. 1654–1656
Oil on canvas
160 x 142 cm. (63 x 55 7/8 in.)
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts (Osaka)
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

3

The Procuress

1656
Oil on canvas
143 x 130 cm. (56 1/8 x 51 1/8 in.)
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), Dresden
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts (Osaka)
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

4

A Maid Asleep

c. 1656–1657
Oil on canvas
87.6 x 76.5 cm. (34 1/2 x 30 1/8 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact 5

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

c. 1657–1659
Oil on canvas
83 x 64.5 cm. (32 3/4 x 25 3/8 in.)
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
(Old Masters Picture Gallery)
, Dresden
museum contact

painting not on public display:

In March, 2017 the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meiste of Dresden removed Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window from the permanent exhibition in order to begin the restoration of the picture. The painting will again be on view in 2020. Click here for updates.

6

Officer and Laughing Girl

c. 1657–1660
Oil on canvas
50.5 x 46 cm. (19 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact 7

The Milkmaid

c. 1657–1661
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 41 cm. (17 7/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

8

Girl Interrupted in her Music

c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas
39.3 x 44.4 cm. (15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact 9

The Glass of Wine

c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas
65 x 77 cm. (25 5/8 x 30 1/4 in.)
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

10

The Little Street

c. 1657–1661
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 44 cm. (21 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact 11

The Girl with a Wine Glass

c. 1659–1662
Oil on canvas
78 x 67 cm. (30 3/4 x 26 3/8 in.)
Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig (Brunswick)
museum contact 12

View of Delft

c. 1660–1663
Oil on canvas
98.5 x 117.5 cm. (38 3/4 x 46 1/4 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact 13

The Music Lesson

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
73.3 x 64.5 cm. (28 7/8 x 25 3/8 in.)
The Royal Collection, The Windsor Castle
museum contact

temporarily inaccessible:

The Music Lesson is not currently on public view. In 2019 it will be on display at the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace as part of the Summer Opening (July to September). The exact dates have not yet been published on their website.

14

Woman with a Lute

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
51.4 x 45.7 cm. (20 1/4 x 18 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts (Osaka)
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

15

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
45.7 x 40.6 cm. (18 x 16 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact 16

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
46.5 x 39 cm. (18 1/4 x 15 3/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact 17

Woman with a Pearl Necklace

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
55 x 45 cm. (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

18

Woman Holding a Balance

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
42.5 x 38 cm. (16 3/4 x 15 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact 19

The Concert

c. 1663–1666
Oil on canvas
72.5 x 64.7 cm. (28 1/2 x x 25 1/2 in.)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
museum contact

painting not on display

Vermeer's Concert was stolen on March 18, 1990 and has not been recovered. Click here for information.

20

A Lady Writing

c. 1662–1667
Oil on canvas
45 x 39.9 cm. (17 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

21

The Art of Painting

c. 1662–1668
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm. (47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
museum contact 22

Girl with a Pearl Earring

c. 1665–1667
Oil on canvas
46.5 x 40 cm. (18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact 23

Girl with a Red Hat

c. 1665–1667
Oil on panel
23.2 x 18.1 cm. (9 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

24

Mistress and Maid

c. 1666–1668
Oil on canvas
90.2 x 78.7 cm. (35 1/2 x 31 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact
25

Girl with a Flute

c. 1665–1670
Oil on panel
20 x 17.8 cm. (7 7/8 x 7 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact 26

Study of a Young Woman

c. 1665–1674
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 40 cm. (17 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact 27

The Astronomer

1668
Oil on canvas
50 x 45 cm. (19 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Musée du Louvre, Paris
museum contact 28

The Geographer

c. 1668–1669
Oil on canvas
53 x 46.6 cm. (20 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
museum contact 29

The Love Letter

c. 1667–1670
Oil on canvas
44 x 38.5.cm. (17 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

30

The Lacemaker

c. 1669–1671
Oil on canvas (attached to panel)
24.5 x 21 cm. (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Musée du Louvre, Paris
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age Masterpieces from the Leiden Collection and the Musee du Louvre
Louvre Abu Dhabi
February 14–May 18, 2019

31

The Guitar Player

c. 1670–1673
Oil on canvas
53 x 46.3 cm. (20 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
Kenwood House English Heritage as Trustees of the Iveagh Bequest, London 32

Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid

c. 1670–1671
Oil on canvas
71.1 x 58.4 cm. (28 x 23 in.)
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
museum contact

temporary exhibition:

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
October 5, 2018–February 3, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts (Osaka)
February 10, 2019–May 15, 2019

33

A Lady Standing at a Virginal

c. 1670–1674
Oil on canvas
51.7 x 45.2 cm. (20 3/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
National Gallery, London
email contact
34

A Lady Seated at a Virginal

c. 1670–1675
Oil on canvas
51.5 x 45.5 cm. (20 1/4 x 17 7/8 in.)
National Gallery, London
email contact 35

Allegory of Faith

c. 1670–1674
Oil on canvas
114.3 x 88.9 cm. (45 x 35 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact

Questionable

A.

Saint Praxedis

1655
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 82.6 cm. (40 x 32 1/2 in.)
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

temporary loan:
The Saint Praxedis was auctioned at Christie's on July 8, 2014 to an unknown buyer. It is currently loaned to the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo and is displayed as a work "attributed to" Johannes Vermeer.

New Works in Permanent Collection Building
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (from March 17, 2015)

see also : Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale

B.

A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals

(attributed to Vermeer)
Oil on canvas
c. 1670
25.2 x 20 cm. (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
The Leiden Collection, New York

temporary exhibition:

Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age Masterpieces from the Leiden Collection and the Musee du Louvre
Louvre Abu Dhabi
February 14–May 18, 2019

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About the Essential Vermeer Interactive Catalogue

To access the interactive studies click on the title or thumbnail of the work of interest.

AUTHENTICITY: There are thirty-four paintings which modern scholars overwhelmingly agree should be attributed to Johannes Vermeer of Delft.

Three works are included in this catalogue which have not received unanimous acceptance: Saint Praxedis, Girl with a Flute and A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (the latter not to be confused with the London National Gallery picture of similar title and motif.

1. Since only Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. currently defends the Saint Praxedis as an authentic work by Vermeer, it has been listed in an appendix as work "A."

2. The Girl with a Flute is currently rejected by Albert Blankert and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. who ascribes it as "attributed to Johannes Vermeer." Most all other scholars accept it as authentic. It is accepted as no. 25 in the Essential Vermeer catalogue.

3. A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (again, not to be confused with the London National Gallery picture of similar name and motif) has been recently accepted by the leading Vermeer expert Walter Liedtke and included it in his Vermeer: The Complete Catalogue of 2008 (no. 36). Recently, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Wayne Franits have also accepted it as authentic. It has been listed in an appendix as work "B."

Nonetheless, the lack of scholarly discussion which currently surrounds this work has encouraged the author of this site to label these works as questionable. Current acceptance is largely based in scientific evidence.

DATING: Since only three Vermeer's paintings were dated by his own hand, the dates of each picture proposed in the Essential Vermeer catalogue covers the range of those estimated by four authoritative scholars of Dutch art and Vermeer: Albert Blankert (Vermeer: 1632–1675, 1975), Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. (Vermeer: The Complete Works, 1997), Walter Liedtke (Vermeer: The Complete Catalogue, 2008) and Wayne Franits (Vermeer, 2015). Catalogue numbers were calculated by averaging their total estimates.

For a complete table of estimated dates, click here.

TITLES: Over the years, scholars and museums have given a number of titles to each of Vermeer's paintings. For the sake of uniformity, the titles used in this catalogue are those found in Arthur K. Wheelock's catalogue in Vermeer and the Art of Painting (169–186).


You travel...but so does Vermeer !

If you are planning a trip specifically to view one or more works by Vermeer, remember that the paintings are sometimes not displayed in their permanent collections owing to temporary exhibitions or lengthy restorations.

Before planning your trip please consult the catalogue index (left) to see if the paintings of interest are currently on display where you expect them to be.

1. Carefully consult the EV Complete Vermeer Catalogue on this page to see if the paintings are on temporary loan.

2. Vermeer travelers will find it particularly frustrating that art collections will often not reveal any information until days before or even after the movement has taken place although the movement of paintings will be planned many months in advance. Therefore, it is highly recommended to contact the museum beforehand to be sure the painting(s) you wish to see will be on display on the specific days when you plan to view the paintings!

3. Remember, special exhibitions with one or more works by Vermeer may be major cultural events especially if the take place in large cities. In this case, crowds may be expected to make viewing and ticketing particularly problematic. Details of upcoming special events and exhibitions related to Vermeer's art can be consulted by clicking here.

4. If you need help planning the details of your travels, please consult the Vermeer Travel Guide to get all the information you will need about each city that you will be visiting.

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