MYRA S. BARNES INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Rosemarie O’Neill, Principal
Mrs. L. Langsner, Art Teacher
Johannes VERMEER is a 17thC Dutch painter best known for his
realistic compositions of a single figure, alone in a room near a
window, engaged in a simple everyday task. His ability to create
intense light and shadows gives his figures a sense of realism
almost like a photograph.
Using the Internet and library as your resource, write a research
report on his life and works. Include photocopies, cover design, and
an illustration of one his paintings you admire.
You may use your search engines such as google.com and
askjeeves.com. as well as some of the following web sites:
Some thought questions to guide you:
Why is so little known about the life of Johannes Vermeer?
Why do they say Vermeer painted with a photographer’s eye?
What is “camera obscura”?
What feelings do we get about the subjects in Vermeer’s
paintings when we view them?
What can we learn about them from the settings they are
What similarities do you find in his paintings?
Which Vermeer painting do you like best? Why?
Why would anyone steal a Vermeer painting?
How is the novel “Chasing Vermeer” relevant to this art
How have Vermeer’s paintings been used today?
What is the mystery behind his painting “The Concert”?
These thought questions are only to
be used to guide you along in your research. You do not have to
answer each and every question. Just give them some thought as you
do your reading.
Enjoy learning about this new
artist! I look forward to new insight and exciting results!