Wales Hospice to Auction Artwork by ‘Britain’s most violent prisoner’

The Beacon of Hope hospice has acquired two sketches by Charles Bronson, known as ‘Britain’s most violent prisoner’ for a charity auction. The acquisition is a result of an approach by one of The Beacon of Hope’s clients to Bronson, asking him to support the charity. Bronson sent a touching reply saying that he now … Read more

Royal Art to be Auctioned for Penny Brohn Cancer Care Charity

Penny Brohn Cancer Care will auction an artist’s proof of a watercolour painting by The Prince of Wales during an exhibition scheduled for October 3-5th, 2008, along with works by other artists. The exhibition will take place at the new Penny Brohn Cancer Care facility in Pill, just outside of Bristol. Penny Brohn Cancer Care, … Read more

Johannes Vermeer: The techniques of the Dutch painter

A look at the life and painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer, painter of "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

By Alina Bradford
(Originally Published by Suite 101)

Image Courtesy of Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (1632-1675), best known for his painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” was a Dutch painter who loved to paint domestic interiors, portraits and city views. Possibly trained by Leonaert Bramer or Carel Fabritius, Vermeer was a Master in the Delft painters' guild from 1653, and was considered a very fine painter in his lifetime, though his skill was nearly forgotten until 1866 when art critic Thoré Burger published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him. It came to light that only 34 paintings were actually by Vermeer, but it still brought the painter back into the spotlight.

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