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Johannes Ver­meer has only a few peers and, I think, no supe­ri­ors in the his­tory of paint­ing. Here’s an excel­lent web site that explores his work and times. It’s not very fancy, but keep click­ing; there’s a lot of mate­r­ial and it’s all worth look­ing at.

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  1. jeff says

    The guy who runs that site is a pretty good painter in his own right. I does very inter­est­ing remakes on Vermeer’s.

  2. David says


    I agree, although I found it amus­ing that he thinks that acrylic primer is the best ground to use if you want to “paint your own Ver­meer” with a close approx­i­ma­tion of Vermeer’s mate­ri­als and methods.

  3. Incompetent says

    Given Vermeer’s vision­ary qual­i­ties, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if time travel was also one of his talents.

  4. erin libby says

    I have sniffed (nose up) at the acrylic grounds and under­paint­ing. I con­fess that , in spite of my dis­dain, I have done a few pieces just that way. I was work­ing on a tight sched­ule and planned to charge less than $iooo, for the pieces. (See my head hang­ing down in shame.) Recently, I heard that this tech­nique may last only 25 years and, in an arti­cle, an expert said some­thing like, “I think it is sound, but there hasn’t been enough time.”

    Any real data? I would never be so care­less with a major work. In fact, What I have started doing is to coax more vari­ety of painter­ly­ness out of the acrylics, using them with­out any addi­tion of oil. ( I’ll find a photo as soon as I fig­ure out how to add one.)

    • David Rourke says


      I don’t like to paint on acrylic grounds, but it’s not a hor­ri­ble sin, either. There is not a lot of real data at this point indi­cat­ing that paint­ing on acrylic primer is an awful thing to do.

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