Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vermeer and Bosch

Looking at Vermeer's The Procuress the other day I was immediately struck by the image of the older man second from the left. I felt straight away that I recognised him, and then realised he came from Bosch's Christ Mocked (Crowning with thorns). Looking at it again, I see it is inverted so he's looking right instead of left, and the nose is a bit different, but the similarity of their expressions is striking.
The Bosch was painted in 1500 or thereabouts, the Vermeer in 1656. But it's not far from 's Hertogenbosch, where Bosch came from, and Vermeer's home in Delft. I wonder if Vermeer ever saw the Bosch?

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