Discover the techniques and materials behind four of Vermeer’s music-themed paintings on display in the exhibition 'Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure' (26 June – 8 September 2013)
What secrets have been revealed after a close study of four of Vermeer’s paintings? Join the National Gallery Scientific department in their quest to find out more.
How were Vermeer's canvases prepared prior to painting?
What lies beneath? Secrets under the paint surface.
Explore colour and pigment in Vermeer’s painting.
Applying pigment to canvas: the use of oils and their effects.
Learn about the techniques employed by Vermeer.
Magnification and how it reveals hidden clues.
Impact of time: changes to the appearance of this blue pigment.
Observe the degradation of these pigments in Vermeer’s paintings.
Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
26 June – 8 September 2013
Vermeer’s errors: an Old Master’s mistakes?
Discover how the materials used in paintings alter with time.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN