The Geographer, Johannes Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer
The Geographer
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Johannes Vermeer: Der Astronom, 1668, Öl auf Leinwand, 51 x 45 cm, Inv.-Nr. R.F. 1983-28, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Johannes Vermeer

The Geographer, 1669


Malfläche
51.6 x 45.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1149
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885
Status
On display

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About the Work

The geographer has just been measuring distances on a map with his compass; now, he pauses for thought. The globe and the map on the wall represent the state of the art of cartography, which the Netherlands pioneered. The former features Europe’s coastlines, the latter the Indian Ocean, an important body of water for the country’s maritime-trade-based economy. Yet the work is neither a portrait nor does it tell a story. With painterly means, Vermeer endeavoured to capture the moment in which the geographer surveys the world in his mind.

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  • KunstIStück – Johannes Vermeer: Der Geograf
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Title
The Geographer
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert auf der rechten oberen Füllung der Schranktür: IMeer., (Buchstabe I in das M mittig eingestellt)
Signiert und datiert oben rechts an der Wand: I.Ver-Meer / MDCLXVIIII

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885

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Main Motif

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Primary
  • 49I(+1) geography (+ scholar, scientist (at work))
  • 49C(+1) aspects of science in general (+ scholar, scientist (at work))
Secondary

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12.04.2019