"Vermeer's masterpieces" Louvre Tip by sourbugger

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  The astronomer
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      The astronomer
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  • Vermeer - the lacemaker - Paris
      Vermeer - the lacemaker
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Whilst the Louvre is perhaps most well known for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and sculptures such as the Venus de Milo, it is also the home of some of the greatest works of one of my favourite artists - Vermeer.

'The Lacemaker' is perhaps the most famous here, and the delicate picture is a real winner. It uses some very advanced techniques to alter the focus in various parts of the picture, in a way similar to the 'camera obsura' technique. In this way it draws you into the picture in an almost hypnotic way, picking up the rhythm of the lacemaker at work.

'The Astromomer' picture is also nearby. I especially like the metaphysical references to heaven and hell as well as the human mind of reason (represented by the astromomer) directly facing the power of God represented by the shaft of light entering the room.

Address: Louvre
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2005
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