JAN VERMEER VAN DELFT. ST. PRAXEDIS
ed. by Józef Grabski
Vienna – Cracow 1991
240 × 260 mm, 28 pages
2 full-page colour plates, 14 colour photographs +16 b&w photographs
On the cover: Jan Vermeer, St. Praxedis, 1655,
Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection, Princeton, NJ
An exhibition in the summer of 1991 at the Wawel Royal Castle in Cracow juxtaposed two fascinating versions of a painting recently discovered to be the earliest dated work by Jan Vermeer. Vermeer had copied the Italian composition while still at the beggining of his career. The essays by Arthur K. Wheelock from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Lionel Koenig from the C.E.D.A.R.T. in Florence, demonstrate the complex methodological studies, art historical as well as technical (radiographic analysis, ultraviolet, infrared and pigment examinations), involved in securing the attribution to the Dutch master.
JÓZEF GRABSKI, JACEK PURCHLA — Introduction
ARTHUR K. WHEELOCK, JR. — "St. Praxedis": The Earliest Dated Painting by Vermeer
LIONEL KOENIG — Scientific Analysis
"ST. PRAXEDIS" BY JAN VERMEER
"ST. PRAXEDIS" BY FELICE FICHERELLI
A RADIOGRAPHIC COMPARISON OF THE "ST. PRAXEDIS"
PAINTINGS BY VERMEER AND FICHERELLI