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 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer

Birth
Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death 15 Dec 1675 (aged 43)
Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Memorial ID 3757 · View Source
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Renowned Painter. Also known as Jan Vermeer or Johannes van der Meer. The exact date of his birth is unknown and much of his life has been lost to history, but he was baptized on October 31, 1632 in the Reformed Church of Delft. His parents were Reynier Vos (who later used the name van der Meer), a silk weaver and art dealer, and his Belgian wife Digna. Reynier operated an inn called "Mechelen" in Delft, where he probably also sold art. Presumably young Johannes was introduced to art in this manner. Johannes inherited the business upon his father's death in 1652. Vermeer converted to catholicism and married the catholic Catherina Bolnes in April of 1653. The couple moved in with Catherina's mother Maria Thins, who was by all accounts a major influence on their lives, in 1672. Johannes and Catherina had a total of 14 children, three of whom predeceased their father. It isn't known exactly when Vermeer began his apprenticeship as a painter or who his teacher was, but it is thought to have been either Carel Fabritius or Leonaert Bramer. In December of 1653, Vermeer became a member of St. Luke's Guilde, a trade association for painters. He was elected head of the guild in 1662, and again in 1663, 1670, and 1671. Vermeer's work, though not prodigious by the standards of the day (only about 50 paintings, of which approximately 36 survive), was admired for its transparent colors, careful composition, and brilliant use of light. Although his subject matter and composition was very similar to that of contemporaries like Pieter de Hooch, Vermeer achieved a timeless quality in his work that placed it on a level all its own. Now considered the best painter of the Dutch Golden Age (beside Rembrandt), his reputation is a recent phenomenon. Shortly after his death, penniless and in considerable debt at the age of 43, his work was all but forgotten. He was rediscovered in the mid-19th century by French writer and critic Thore-Burger, and his stature in the art world has been on the rise ever since. By far the most recognized of his paintings is "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (c. 1665), which was the title of a recent hit film, based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier.

Bio by: Kristen Conrad


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  • Added: 29 Oct 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3757
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johannes Vermeer (31 Oct 1632–15 Dec 1675), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3757, citing Oude Kerk (Old Church), Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Find A Grave .