Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Posted on 08/23/2013


Photo taken on August 23, 2013


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"Its not as hard as it looks, honest"

"Its not as hard as it looks, honest"
My latest blog deals with the National Gallery exhibition on Vermeer and music. The Vermeer reference is nearly a Trade Descriptions Act offence- there are only five Vermeers in the show (and one of them is a dodgy attribution). This is one of the "real" ones; a young lady getting some guitar practice in. Like so many of Vermeer's work, there's a sense that we as viewers are not quite welcome in the imagined space; in this case the musician seems more concerned by someone or something "out of shot" to her right. The guitar was something of a novelty in the Netherlands at the time Vermeer painted this- so presumably expensive and a demonstration of elite status

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