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Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and LeisureTwo musical Vermeer paintings owned by the National Gallery, 'Young Woman Standing at a Virginal' and 'Young Woman Seated at a Virginal', are brought together with Vermeer's 'Guitar Player' for the first time in an exhibition displayed in the gallery's Sainsbury Wing. By juxtaposing paintings by Vermeer and his contemporaries with musical instruments and songbooks of the period Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure gives visitors an insight into music as a pastime of the elite in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century. We also discover how music was often a metaphor, used for symbolic purposes, to indicate harmony, transience or to show the sitter's position in society. Visitors can also enjoy live performances in the exhibition space by the Academy of Ancient Music three days a week, bringing the paintings to life with music of the period.

 

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In 2017, the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) are to be held in London for the first time in 21 years. Coming to Wembley's SSE Arena in November, the awards will be hosted by Rita ...More

Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond
Exhibitions | From 2nd November 

British Museum

With no known culture in the world or ...More

 
Oktoberfest in London
Oktoberfest in London
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Oktoberfest comes to London this autumn with themed parties popping up all over the ...More

 
Affordable Afternoon Tea in London
Affordable Afternoon Tea in London
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A much-loved tradition for locals and visitors alike, ...More

 
December in London 2017
December in London 2017
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Multi Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton comes to Victoria, Robert Lindsay reprises his role as ...More

 
 
 
 
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