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© Françoic Guillot, AFP | A journalist films "the Milkmaid" by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer at the Louvre museum in Paris on February 21, 2017

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-02-21

The Louvre Museum in Paris on Wednesday will unveil a rare exhibition on Flemish master painter Johan Vermeer, the first such show in France in half a century.

The Louvre has brought together 12 works by Vermeer, an artist renowned for his detailed interior scenes, but who produced very few paintings in his lifetime (1632-1675). There are only 36 recognised works by the Dutchman across the planet.

Visitors to the Louvre will be able to contemplate Vermeer’s “The Geographer” and “The Astronomer” side by side for the first time ever.

The last time Paris hosted an exhibition dedicated to the Vermeer was in 1966, in the much smaller Musée de l'Orangerie. The show will be open to the public until May 22, 2017.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full video report on the Vermeer exhibition at the Louvre Museum.

Date created : 2017-02-21

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