Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure is a new exhibition at the National Gallery exploring the portrayal of music in 17th century Dutch art.
The title is a little misleading; there are only five Vermeers in the small show, two of which are from the National Gallery's permanent collection. Other exhibits include Dutch genre paintings (think puffy sleeves and small dogs), olde musical instruments and songbooks. One room explains Vermeer's techniques. Another shows a pair of ten minute documentary films on permanent loop. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there are mini-concerts by musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music (about 20 minutes long - check website for times).It's not groundbreaking stuff, and you may have seen most of the paintings before. But contemplating them from a musical perspective may reveal them in a new light. And the limited scope of the show makes it more digestible than many a blockbuster.
The exhibition runs to 8 September 2013 and tickets cost £7 - I highly recommend you coincide your visit with a concert.