Johannes Vermeer, "The Allegory Of Painting" Essay by The Research Group

Johannes Vermeer, "The Allegory Of Painting"
Examines the political, symbolic, historical and aesthetic significance of this 17th Century Dutchman's masterwork.
# 22386 | 2,250 words | 11 sources | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting) , Art (General)

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"The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Dutch painter Johannes (Jan) Vermeer's The Allegory of Painting, also known as The Art of Painting. Many art historians have thought that this work was created in praise of the "art of painting." However, this paper will show that The Allegory of Painting was instead a political statement on Vermeer's part.

Vermeer lived during the seventeenth century, a time which is known as the "Golden Age" of Holland. This was a period when great changes took place in virtually every area of Dutch life, creating an environment in which the arts flourished. The changes of the day were largely shaped by political events, as this was the time during which Holland won its status as an independent nation.-. There was also a current of religious tolerance in the air due to the spread of Protestantism in the ..."

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