Art History and Music Studies at the Amherst Cinema this Fall

Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
Tour of London’s National Gallery Exhibition
Screens at Amherst Cinema this Fall

The latest in Amherst Cinema’s EXHIBITION screening series, Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure, documents and deeply examines the Johannes Vermeer‘s works on view at the London National Gallery. The film, hosted by British art historian Tim Marlow, tells the story of Vermeer’s life, a Dutch painter from the 1600′s, and gives viewers a chance to experience both the exhibition – which, notably, includes several works by Vermeer that have never before been exhibited together – as well as some stunning close-up footage of the paintings themselves, accompanied by Marlow’s knowledgeable analysis of the works.

The exhibition focuses on the popularity of music as a theme in Dutch paintings, and illustrates this connection quite clearly through its inclusion of “Lady Seated at a Virginal,” “Lady Standing At A Virginal,” and “The Guitar Player,” all by Vermeer himself. To highlight the significance of the instruments’ inclusion in the paintings – and the differences between the instruments and their two-dimensional representations – authentic 17th-century virginals (similar to harpsichords), guitars, and lutes are on display along with the artwork…

In portraits of the period, musical instruments and songbooks often symbolized the social position or level of education of the person being portrayed; they also served to represent harmony, either in a domestic setting or in the society as a whole. Pay particular attention to the way in which the instruments are portrayed, compared to the way they actually look – what do you notice? Why might the artist have altered the instruments’ appearance in his work?

The film is likely to interest students of music, art, and European history, and art lovers in general. Screening runs for approximately 90 to 100 minutes. There will be three showings of the film: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:30pm; Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 1pm; and Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office and online. Admission is $8 for Amherst Cinema Members and $12 for the general public.

413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. For more information: www.amherstcinema.org.

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