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Johannes Vermeer exhibition: More than a milkmaid

From 10 February to 4. June 2023, the Rijksmuseum will be holding the biggest ever exhibition of the work of Johannes Vermeer. Never before have so many works by Vermeer been displayed together. UvA experts can provide you with a wide range of knowledge and interpretation on this exhibition and Vermeer's work.

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Conservation and restoration

Dr Maartje Stols-Witlox is a painting restorer and associate professor of Conservation and Restoration. Her areas of expertise include the conservation and restoration of paintings, painting techniques, restoration ethics and historic paint & restoration recipes. She is one of the speakers at the Vermeer Symposium.| | 020 525 6131

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Dutch painting in the 17th century

Prof. F. Glazenhout is an expert in the field of Dutch painting of the seventeenth century. In 2015, he published the book 'Vermeer's Little Street: A View of the Penspoort in Delft' in which the precise location of a small street in a world-famous Vermeer painting was uncovered. In 2022, he published 'Kunst, kennis en kapitaal: Oude meesters op de Hollandse veilingmarkt 1670-1820' (Art, knowledge and capital: Old masters on the Dutch auction market (1670-1820)'. |

Photo: Kirsten van Santen
Creation and aging processes

Prof. Katrien Keune is an expert in the field of aging processes in art. She uses scientific research to discover out how art is created and best preserved. She is also head of the Science department of the Rijksmuseum. Keune and her team are working on Operation Night Watch, the largest and most extensive research into Rembrandt's masterpiece ever, as well as the material-technical research into Vermeer's paintings. |

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Molecular processes in masterpieces

Dr Joen Hermans investigates the aging process of oil-based paintings. He is an expert on the molecular processes of oil paint and how they affect the preservation of a painting. For the Rijksmuseum, he has researched these processes on the canvases of various masterpieces. |

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Vermeer and women

Dr Judith Noorman focuses on early modern art from the 'Low Countries'. In particular, she focuses on women in history and the art world. She is leading a large-scale research project on this subject and is collaborating with various Dutch museums, including the Rijksmuseum. She has also conducted research into Rembrandt's workshop and the role of women as nude models. Noorman is a researcher and assistant professor in the Art History department. | 

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