Restoring the master’s touch

“Vermeer found a life’s work in the corner of a room…”

Irwin Greenberg

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch baroque painter. His passion was for unpopular domestic scenes of middle class life, he worked incredibly slowly and he favoured expensive pigments. As a result only 34 of his works survive and he spent his life in debt. He was also a master of the use of light and shadow. Recently it emerged that not everyone has been completely happy with his pieces. Two years ago a major restoration of his 1657 work, Girl reading a Letter at an open Window, was undertaken in Dresden. It was discovered that a plain wall had been painted over a portrait of cupid in the background, during a prior restoration. The masters original vision has now been restored. #whatweretheythinking #letsmakelemonade

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