The Sublime in the Everyday : Vermeer and the Delft School of Painting

This lecture will trace Vermeer’s origins, his early training and influences, and how he came to the genre of painting domestic interiors.  It  will look at his earliest known paintings and how he gradually migrated to the genre of domestic set-piece paintings we know him for today. This lecture will also set Vermeer in the context of contemporaneous Dutch artists and contemporaneous Delft artists; tracing the early beginnings of the town of Delft.