“Anyone who loves to spend time in a gallery simply must see this documentary. CLOSE TO VERMEER gives audiences an insider’s view of the scope of work entailed with curating a major exhibition.”
“Insightful and irresistible.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
Go behind the scenes of the largest Vermeer exhibition ever mounted at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Suzanne Raes’s film follows curators, conservators, collectors, and experts in their joint mission to shine a new light on the elusive Dutch Master. This fascinating documentary reveals everything from the quiet diplomacy required to get the Vermeers to the Netherlands and the new technical knowledge gained by scanning the paintings layer by layer, to the shocking news that one work may not be by Vermeer after all. In the process, we discover how Vermeer was able to depict reality so differently from his contemporaries.