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Vermeer’s thingness

By James Woodall  

Dutch painting is "replete with the plain essence of things"

Scenes of much hope and patience on Trumpington Street: the last weekend of a small exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, “Vermeer’s Women,” unleashed queues hundreds of yards long through its front galleries, with visitors waiting outside for an hour or more. Many didn’t get in and the show’s run won’t be extended. For one thing, the Queen wants her treasure back—she lent one of the extant 34 canvases (“The Music Lesson”) known to be by Vermeer—and so…

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