Reality and Art in the Work of Jan Dibbets and Johannes Vermeer
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Reality and Art in the Work of Jan Dibbets and Johannes Vermeer

(Micky Piller) The Low Countries - 1997, № 5, pp. 187-193

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Johannes Vermeer painted the essence of his subjects with such fidelity that three hundred years later we are convinced that this is what Dutch interiors were like in Delft in the Golden Age. Even when conscientious scholars prove the reverse, Vermeer's vision is so strong that this recently gained knowledge does not affect our attitude towards his paintings. Dibbets' interpretation of striking architectural features is similar. In their endeavour to create compositions of great strength both Vermeer and Dibbets manipulate reality. The rules of their art defy reality, because their art exists independent of reality.

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