Film exhibition: "Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure"


Film series brings world famous art exhibition to big screen

7:30 p.m., October 10, 2013
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Image: Vermeer paintingFairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts presents a screening of the film "Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure", at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2013. The film, shown in HD, examines the life and work of Johannes Vermeer, (1632-1675), the celebrated Dutch 17th century master. It also focuses on the recent retrospective exhibition at The National Gallery, London, and is part of EXHIBITION, a series of films which bring world famous art exhibitions to the big screen. Tickets are $15, general admission; $10, student and child; and $5 for Fairfield University faculty, staff, and students.

Host Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire life story of Vermeer, one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all, and painter of the famous "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Many of the artist's other captivating works are highlighted. The National Gallery's "Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure," which closed in September 2013, explored the musical pastimes of the 17th-century Netherlands by uniting the art of Vermeer and his contemporaries with rare musical instruments and songbooks. Music was one of the most popular themes in Dutch painting and carried many diverse associations. In portraits, a musical instrument or songbook might suggest the education or social position of the sitter; in scenes of everyday life, it might act as a metaphor for harmony, or a symbol of transience. For the first time the National Gallery's two paintings by Vermeer, "A Young Woman standing at a Virginal" and "A Young Woman seated at a Virginal" are brought together with Vermeer's "Guitar Player," on loan from the Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House. The exhibition also displayed 17th-century virginals (a type of harpsichord), guitars and lutes alongside the paintings to offer unique insights into the painters' choice of instruments, and juxtapose the difference between the real instruments and the way in which the painters chose to represent them.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

 

Image: Johannes Vermeer, A Young Woman standing at a Virginal, about 1670-2 © The National Gallery, London

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 3, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 66