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THE QUEEN’S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE (1)

Dutch Artists in the Time of Vermeer
Dutch Artists in the Time of Vermeer

There are several great things about the Queen’s Gallery. The paintings and other exhibits are in excellent condition, the signage is clear and informative, and if you agree to have your ticket stamped to say than the fee is a charitable donation you can come back as many times as you like for one year.
There is only the one Vermeer (1632-1675) Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman shown in the flyer but several Rembrandt (1606-1669) portraits, royal portraits, indoor Dutch scenes with their slightly wicked suggestiveness and much more –  drawings, etchings and a pair of flower vases.

This Tulip Vase made in about 1694 by Adrean Kocks
This Tulip Vase made in about 1694 by Adrean Kocks

This was the time of the Tulip Mania when rare tulip hybrids changed hands for thousands of Dutch guilders. Brought originally from the gardens of the Ottoman Empire the craze reached extraordinary levels before suddenly collapsing. Expensive blooms required expensive, elaborate vases.