n°263/ Steady Crowds

February 2017

by Nathalie Azoulai

A terrorist attack nearly happened at Parisian famous museum Le Louvre on February 3, and still, on February 21, 9000 people lined up on the very first day of Vermeer exhibition. Brave, steady and calm, awaiting to get in and watch the 12 paintings by Vermeer that the exhibit gathers, among those by other Flemish painters. When you know that only 250 people can stand together in Napoleon hall, you measure the frustration. It's good news any way even though the massive disappointment that terror should never stop crowds from going to admire one of the most mesmerizing body of work ever. An invitation to quiet steady beauty.

 Johannes Vermeer