Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure

26/06 - 08/09/2013 National Gallery, London.
Head to the National Gallery for a spot of the real thing – three days a week musicians will be playing live at...
this showcase for the musical life of 17th-century Netherlanders. Works by six of Vermeer’s Old Masters contemporaries go on show alongside his own metaphor-laden images of young ladies daintily playing their guitars and virginals.

Music was one of the most popular themes in Dutch painting, and carried many diverse associations. In portraits, a musical instrument or songbook might suggest the education or social position of the sitter; in scenes of everyday life, it might act as a metaphor for harmony, or a symbol of transience. 
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