In the Fall of 1995 and in early 1996 the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Gallery in Washington DC jointly hosted a milestone exhibition that brought together the largest number of paintings by Johannes Vermeer ever to be seen in one place. Ranked with Rembrandt as one of the greatest of Dutch Masters, Vermeer produced only a small number of paintings in his lifetime, working in the painstakingly meticulous and perfectionist manner that imbue his images with a special spiritual quality. The speakers in this programme include Frits Duparc, director of the Mauritshuis, and Arthur Wheelock, curator of the Northern European Art Collection at the National Gallery.
Produced and presented by Marike van der Meer
Broadcast 14 November 1995