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Unspooling Vermeer

Wherever I go, I look for evidence of how the historical art I study impacts visual culture today. In “After Vermeer 2,” an installation from 2006 by New York artist Devorah Sperber, 5024 spools of thread strung on steel chains recreate, upside down, the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painted by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer around 1665. My photo captures the viewer’s experience of looking through a glass sphere in which the image rights itself. Vermeer, whose paintings explored both optics and female experience, would surely have appreciated this perceptive transformation of his art.
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Arts and Science
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Art in action
Unspooling Vermeer
Faculty / Researcher
Department of Art History and Art Conservation
Mobilizing Creativity and Enabling Cultures
Creative Production and Expression
Location of photograph: 
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, USA
Photographer's name: 
Stephanie Dickey
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
Faculty, Art History and Art Conservation