The Concert (c. 1665-66) by Jan Vermeer

The Concert - Jan Vermeer - c. 1665-66

Artwork Information

TitleThe Concert
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec. 1665-66
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions28 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (72.5 x 64.7 cm)
Current LocationIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
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About The Concert

The Concert is a Dutch painting by Johannes Vermeer, created between 1663-1666. The exact location of the painting is unknown as it was stolen in 1990 and has yet to be recovered. This painting depicts a music lesson between three people in an elegant room with a natural setting outside visible through the window. The theme of music is common in Dutch art and can signify love and seduction.

Vermeer used several pigments for this painting, including natural ultramarine, lead white, charcoal black, umber, green earth, vermilion, and madder lake. He was known for his use of light and shadow to create depth and realism in his works by using the camera obscura.

The Concert remains one of Vermeer’s most significant works as it showcases his skill in portraying everyday life with significant attention to detail. Although lost for over thirty years now, this masterpiece still holds an important place not only in Vermeers work but also among other Dutch artists of his time who were ahead of their time in bringing realism to their artwork.

Overall The Concert provides insight into the Dutch lifestyle during Vermeer’s time while simultaneously reflecting the era’s artistic development by incorporating themes such as music education amongst aristocratic circles.

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