From the museum website 16 March 2010
The well-known Dutch master Johannes Vermeer was one of the world’s greatest painters; however, there are only 36 of his paintings in existence. This winter, three paintings from Vermeer’s early career will be reunited in a significant and rare display.
The Young Vermeer will show three paintings created between 1653 and 1656: Diana and her Nymphs (c.1653-54) from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague; the National Galleries of Scotland’s Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (c.1654-55); and The Procuress (1656) from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden.
The Young Vermeer presents a unique opportunity to compare directly these three important paintings and discover more about the development of one of the world’s most celebrated artists.