Mr Liedtke calls this Vermeer's “last early work or the first mature work”. He began by borrowing widely from the masters before him, incorporating their influences (and often tempering their bawdiness) in his unparalleled compositions of stillness and repose.
But “The Milkmaid”, painted in 1657-58, features the glittering optics Vermeer ultimately became known for.
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A bit of a stretch, but Vermeer's intimate rooms are a fine place for two countries to come together.
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You should consult with a professional where appropriate. First and foremost, my wife, Kathy, who shares my passion for art and has been my partner in both life and work, joined me in a search for the truth about the found portrait.
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The crown prince of the Netherlands and his princess attended the show's opening.
“It is seen as an act of diplomacy not just between the Rijksmuseum and the Met, but between the Netherlands and the United States,” boasts Mr Liedtke.
“The Milkmaid” is not the most famous Dutch masterwork.
Nor is it as strong a symbol of civic pride as Rembrandt's “Night Watch”.
Giammarco Cappuzzo, an independent art consultant in Paris, supplied me with the right contacts at the right time, including recommending Lumiere Technology and the Swiss laboratory for carbon-14 dating. Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology, the visionary inventor of the technology that allows one to view great works of art “like Superman,” took on the task of proving that the portrait was the Master’s work.
His work and that of his associate, Jean Penicaut, was invaluable.
Peter Paul Biro was brought into the analysis, and using his expertise in art forensics and fingerprint science, he concluded that a fingerprint and palm print on the portrait were of high probability Leonardo’s.