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Travel Bug Dog Tag Art-Vermeer-Girl with a Red Hat TB

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Thursday, 23 September 2010
Texas, United States
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Travel bugs seem to regularly disappear from urban caches and at caching events.  Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts—then the chain and tag won't tangle with other items.  Otherwise, take this bug everywhere—no permission is needed to leave the US. 

About This Item


This is one of a series of travel bugs made to recognize paintings seen and admired by the bug owner. A digital copy of this painting was downloaded from the internet. The copy was reduced in size and cropped to accommodate the laminating materials available to the owner. Regrettably these processes diminish the effort of the artist. One truly must see the original in person to fully appreciate the work. The text below is a mixture of my own observations and material gleaned from the internet (mostly Wikipedia and Web Gallery).

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a painter during the Dutch Golden Age, the 17th century. Prior to this time most patrons of the arts were the church and royalty who largely wanted portraits and paintings with religious or allegorical themes. After the Renaissance, northern Europe became a center of commerce and the middle classes prospered to the point that they wanted art to decorate their homes. And, they had broader tastes is subject matter than institutional patrons. To satisfy the demand, the Dutch and Flemish regions developed an amazing number of reknowned artists. Portraiture and religious topics were still important, but landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life and commemorative paintings began to appear. However, another kind of subject matter really flourished at this time, genre paintings. These were scenes from everyday life, depicting people from all classes. One of Vermeer’s early paintings (The Procuress) depicts a client negotiating with a madam for time with a prostitute.

All authentic Vermeers are painted on canvas. For that reason some critics believe this painting is not by Vermeer. It, and the Girl with a Flute (also in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) are painted on wood. Further evidence is that x-ray analysis revealed this work has been painted on an upside-down Rembrandt-like portrait of a man. These critics consider it a pasticcio, a painting done in the style of someone else. Let me add to the argument that the best Vermeers, unlike this portrait, are lighted from the left.  Nonetheless, I like the painting—even if it is just done in the manner of Vermeer. Vermeer was virtually unknown until the 19th century and only thirty-four paintings are universally attributed to him today. Since his discovery Vermeer's reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Tracking History (11161.2mi) View Map

Mark Missing 06/20/2012 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Discovered It 04/04/2011 wvmarle discovered it   Visit Log

It's in good shape.

Dropped Off 02/20/2011 Its_Dozzie placed it in Price of Progress Hong Kong - 5,798.95 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 02/20/2011 ariusche discovered it   Visit Log

discovered in the hands of Boswijk Posse during his visit in Hong Kong

Retrieve It from a Cache 02/07/2011 Its_Dozzie retrieved it from Westlands Monopoly ~ Start Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log

Holland might be the country where Vermeer lived and painted, it does not mean this bug has to stay there forever. Time to move on and see other countries!

Dropped Off 02/03/2011 Rabbitt Hill placed it in Westlands Monopoly ~ Start Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - 2.37 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 01/29/2011 Rabbitt Hill retrieved it from JJCC - Jason's Jungle Carpool Cache Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log

Deze Tb meegenomen naar Noord Holland.

Dropped Off 01/29/2011 dijk6jes placed it in JJCC - Jason's Jungle Carpool Cache Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - 9.47 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 01/26/2011 dijk6jes retrieved it from Op bezoek bij RA377 Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log

nice painting

Discovered It 01/16/2011 krefdebef discovered it   Visit Log

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