Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Departure time 7:30 a.m.
Join fellow museum members, art lovers, and RPM staff for a once in a lifetime experience to see the landmark Exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at the National Gallery. This special exhibition examines 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. 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. The paintings also reflect how these masters responded to the changing artistic climate of the Dutch Republic in the third quarter of the 17th century, particularly in Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, and The Hague. 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), including The Lacemaker (c. 1669–1670, Musée du Louvre, Paris) and The Love Letter (c. 1669–1670, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).
* Reservations are required by October 15, 2017.
Please note: reservations are non-refundable, if The Museum must cancel the trip due to inclement weather; a full refund will be issued. Trip includes transportation, museum and exhibition admission, and lunch at The District Chophouse.