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Johannes Vermeer

The Geographer, 1669 gedateerd
Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, inv./cat.nr. [..]
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Illustration number 1001089203
Dimensions: 2752x3130 pixels
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Object category
painting
Physical connection
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pendant

is generally considered a companion piece of the painting in Frankfurt, yet this is not fully certain
Support/medium
canvas, oil paint
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (portrait format) 53 x 46,6 cm
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Current attribution
Johannes Vermeer
Date
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dated 1669 (1669)
Artistically related
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Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
  • inspired by
    Gerard Dou, Astronoom bij kaarslicht
    Vermeer adopted the subject of a scholar in his study, bending over his work. (Waiboer et al. 2017, p. 208)

  • used as model for
    Cornelis de Man, Interieur met een geleerde in Japonsche rock
    De Man repeated the subject of a scholar in his study, wearing a ‘japonsche rok’ (Japanese-style dressing gown), positioned in the corner of a room with a window as the source of light on the left, as well as the map on the back wall, a wooden bench or small table in the foreground, the play of light on the heavy folds of a carpet on the table, the brightly lit piece of paper on the table, the playful and subtle shadows on the back wall and on the floor. He also adopted the overall composition and the pose of the scholar. (as observed by E. Schavemaker)

  • used as model for
    Hendrick Heerschop, De architect in zijn studio
    Heerschop adopted the subject of a scholar dressed in a ‘japonse rok’ in his study holding a drafting compass, the interior showing a corner of it with a window at the left as the source of light, a small wooden bench of table in the foreground, roughly the composition and the globe sitting on a high ledge in exactly the same place as in Vermeer’s painting. (as observed by E. Schavemaker)

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Creation date: 2014-01-23; Last modified date: 2020-09-16

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