Fredonia Opera House to screen Johannes Vermeer exhibition documentary

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen a unique high definition “captured live” art exhibition event titled “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

London’s National Gallery has mounted a major exhibition of one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all time Johannes Vermeer, painter of “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” Vermeer painted little more than 30 works that still exist; and for this exhibition, the National Gallery has chosen to focus on his art in relation to music. Music was one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and revealed an enormous amount about the sitter and society.

This is the central theme of this ambitious exhibition. New research, revealed for the first time at the exhibition, also uncovers how Vermeer’s technique and materials affected his works.

Captured live in high definition, this cinematic presentation is part of a global revolution bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinemas and performing arts centers around the world. Hosted by art historian Tim Marlow and with expert guests, the presentation doesn’t just cover the exhibition’s paintings. Important questions also are asked and answered …

What lies behind the exhibition creatively and technically? What does this particular collection of paintings and objects reveal about the artist or the particular historical period? What do we learn about the presenting institution?

The presentation goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer’s life, and in doing so, shows in detail many of the artist’s great works. The 2003 film “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, grossed $40 million worldwide and illustrates the continuing mass appeal of this endearing artist. This presentation will suit the wide audience that adores Vermeer’s work and that want to see it in detail and learn more about this mysterious, fascinating artist.

This presentation is part of the Exhibition Series of events, which is supported by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins.

Tickets to “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” are $15 ($10 students) and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m., or online anytime at

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.

For a complete schedule of events, visit