When Seraphic Secret is not re-reading Jane Austen, we are leafing through reproductions of paintings by Johannes Vermeer and wondering just how much of our Apple stock we would have to sell to purchase one of the Dutch master’s luminous paintings.
More than we own.
More than Steve Jobs controls.
I think it’s a fair bet to say that Vermeer’s paintings are beyond the marketplace; they are, like the Mona Lisa, priceless.
So here’s the next best thing. Why not paint your own Vermeer?
Who would have not wanted to look over Johannes Vermeer’s shoulder while he was painting? Which materials and techniques did he use to create his masterpieces? Is it possible to emulate those methods today? HOW TO PAINT YOUR OWN VERMEER is a straightforward, practical guide on how to reproduce Vermeer’s painting procedures for today’s practicing painter. In the first section, each passage of Vermeer’s method is thoroughly explained and framed in its historical context so that the reader may not only grasp the correct materials and procedures but comprehend the rationale behind established artistic and technical concepts of Dutch 17th-century painting. Grounding, underpainting, working-up, glazing, mediums, palette, brushes and mediums are just a few of the topics explored. The second section contains valuable insights into the crucial stylistic components which make a Vermeer a Vermeer, such as color, composition and perspective.
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Here’s a fine website, called, natch: Essential Vermeer. A bottomless source for all things Vermeer.