Art Museum to Display Rare Vermeer Painting Tomorrow

Only privately-owned Vermer in the world.


Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. the Philadelphia Museum of Art is unveiling a rare (though, with only 36 in the world, they’re all rare) Johannes Vermeer painting. It’s the only privately-owned Vermeer in the world, and is on loan from a collection in New York. Well, the Queen of England owns one, but that doesn’t quite count.

A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (1670-72) goes on display tomorrow and stays until March. The last time a Vermeer appeared in Philadelphia, it was this same painting, back in 2004. That was when casino magnate Steve Wynn, who had purchased it for $30 million, loaned it to the museum. Wynn has since sold it, but hasn’t quite lost interest in Philadelphia.

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