Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Old Master

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

Woman with a Lute
These paintings were among Vermeer's exhibition at the MET

While studying interior design, you’re always encouraged to visit museums to cultivate your eyes and study the old masters’ work- how they use color to hold their paintings together. I have been a long time admirer of the seventeenth century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. By examining Vermeer’s paintings, you see that his paintings mostly tell a story of people in an interior space. Just like interior design, Vermeer was creating an atmosphere by his genius use of light and color. His brilliance in perspective and his use of vertical and horizontal lines in his paintings gives us the sense of stability and calmness.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The latest issue of Veranda magazine featured the interiors of John Saladino at the Veranda Cinema Style: Designer Visions show house in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. Saladino was inspired by the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring, based on a novel by Tracy Chevalier. The novel tells a story about one of Vermeer’s famous paintings.

This Tuesday, January 26 you can watch Cinema Style: Designer Visions on FLN at 9 pm eastern time. Saladino will share his process of recreating Vermeer’s interiors.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

I'm so glad I read this today - i'm setting tivo as soon as I get home-i'm excited!

Picture of Elegance said...

I'm looking forward to watching the show too.

Hels said...

I agree; "By examining Vermeer’s paintings, you see that his paintings mostly tell a story of people in an interior space". Wealthy or comfortable Dutch merchants during the 17th century had the same problems everyone has - fitting large families into limited horizontal space, and still making the home look attractive.

Vermeer's interiors always have interesting wall hangings, flash floors, rich curtains, well chosen furniture, musical instruments, paintings, maps etc. I wish I could achieve that look at home.

In The Astronomer, Vermeer maximised the natural light, a feature that cropped up in all his kitchen scenes as well eg Woman Holding a Balance. You are right. The man was a genius.

Art and Architecture, mainly


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