Donderslag (Thunderclap) hear
'Mechelen' is the Dutch name of a Belgian town famous for its lace,
'Malines' in French, 'Mechlin' in English.
'Donderslag' (Thunderclap) refers to the 1654 explosion of the Delft
municipal gunpowder depot that killed many, fellow painter Carel
Fabritius among them.
hear(The Art of Painting)
hear(The Little Street)
Meisje met de Parel
hear(Girl with The Pearl [Earring])
Gezicht op Delft
hear(View [on] of Delft)
In Vermeer's time, 'tronie' was a common word for 'face' - but
nowadays it means 'ugly face' or 'face of unpleasant person.' The
common word for 'face' in modern Dutch is 'gezicht,' which also means 'view.'
Beatrix Gerrits Vouck
Balthasar Claes Gerrits
Beatrix van Buy
Neeltge Goris hear
There is a well-known song about admiral (and pirate) Piet Hein (also
spelled Heyn) and his 1628 capture of the Spanish silver fleet;
the song may well be recent, but it could also be something that
Vermeer and the people in his paintings were familiar with.
The stockholders of the West India Company made something like 50 to
75% on their investment in the year of the Silver Fleet (sources
differ on the amount.)
Piet Hein, Piet Hein,
Piet Hein zijn naam is klein,
... his name is short
Zijn daden benne groot,
His actions ('deeds')
are big ('benne' is a slang term of 'to be' - note the similarity)
Der Fluyten Lusthof
(collection of compositions for solo recorder by Jacob van Eyck)
De Nederlantsche Gedenckclanck (songbook)
De Muiderkring (private musical and literary party)
De Amsterdamse Schouwburg (theatre) hear
Constantijn Huygens (private secretary to the Stadholders,
poet, musician, composer and art connoisseur)
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (poet)
Gerbrand Adriaanszoon Bredero (playwright and poet)
Maria Tesselschade (poetess and musician) hear
Karel de Moor 2
his most famous painting:De Stier
Bull') at Het Mauritshuis
2in The Hague
Jacob Isaacsz. van Swanenburgh
Adriaen van Witvelt
Pieter van der Faes
(Peter Lely 2)
(also written as: Seghers)
(Johannes Symonsz van der Beek
-or- Johannes Symoonis van der Beek
Jacob Knyff (Knijff)
- Leendert Knijff
23also as: Leonard
- Wouter Knijff
Notes to Jargon
The root of the painting words is "schild," meaning "shield" and
derives from the Germanic custom to paint warriors' shields.
The Dutch word for 'paint' is 'verf,' from the same root as the German
word 'Farbe,' which came to mean 'color.'
The English word 'easel' derives from the Dutch word 'ezel'; the
Dutch word also means 'donkey.'
Han van Meegeren
In the 1930s, an hitherto unknown Vermeer painting was offered to Vermeer
authority Abraham Bredius
who came to believe it was the real thing;
a few more turned up in the following years. Bredius had previously
rejected Van Meegeren's original work - the forgeries were in part a
revenge on Bredius. In 1945, one was found
among Hermann Göring's possessions, sold to him by Han van
Meegeren, who was then accused of collaboration with the nazis; but
Van Meegeren explained the painting was a forgery that he had traded
with Göring for 200 Dutch paintings looted in 1940, and to prove
it he produced another 'Vermeer' while under house arrest.
from Jonathan Janson's The Essential Vermeer.
Van Meegeren Catalogue -
Another A Dutch Van Meegeren site
Han van Meegeren
De Emmausgangers (the most famous and best forgery)
Nachtlokaal (a series of his own work)
Abraham Bredius (gave his blessing) hear
Van Meegeren at work on "Christ amongst The Doctors"
Han van Meegeren, Nachtlokaal #2, ca. 1925, Private Collection
- an old-fashioned word for 'nightclub'