Vermeer Halloween

Contest Info

  • Started: 10/31/2008 17:00
  • Ended: 11/3/2008 18:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 17
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Vermeer Halloween
Contest Directions: Halloween day, October 31, is also the birthday of Jan Vermeer - one of the greatest artists of the Dutch Golden Age - the author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "Milkmaid", "A Lady Writing a Letter", "The Astronomer", and numerous paintings of domestic ordinary life. Sadly, great fame came to Vermeer's paintings long after his death.
Take any painting by Jan Vermeer and give it some Halloween theme.

Contest Info

    • Started: 10/31/2008 17:00
    • Ended: 11/3/2008 18:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 17
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
This gallery only contains our top 13 selections from its parent contest Vermeer Halloween. All 17 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Halloween in Oz by Vermeer

    Halloween in Oz by Vermeer
  • Ghoul With A Pearl Earring by Vermeer

    Ghoul With A Pearl Earring by Vermeer
  • Nicole Kidman Ghost by Vermeer

    Nicole Kidman Ghost by Vermeer
  • The Vermeer Witch Project at Halloween

    The Vermeer Witch Project at Halloween
  • Witch Maid Painting by Vermeer

    Witch Maid Painting by Vermeer
  • Haunted Girl with a Knife by Vermeer

    Haunted Girl with a Knife by Vermeer
  • Michael Myers in a Vermeer Painting

    Michael Myers in a Vermeer Painting
  • Halloween Town

    Halloween Town
  • Warlock with a Pumpkin by Vermeer

    Warlock with a Pumpkin by Vermeer
  • Man Talking to a Jack-O-Lantern by Vermeer

    Man Talking to a Jack-O-Lantern by Vermeer
  • Woman with a Pumpkin Lamp by Vermeer

    Woman with a Pumpkin Lamp by Vermeer
  • Wirch Girl Playing a Guitar by Vermeer

    Wirch Girl Playing a Guitar by Vermeer
  • War of the Worlds Painting by Vermeer

    War of the Worlds Painting by Vermeer
  • Pumpkins Promenade by Vermeer

    Pumpkins Promenade by Vermeer
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch: Jan Vermeer van Delft) (1632—1675) was a Dutch artist, painter of domestic interiors and the portrait genre. Along with Rembrandt and Frans Hals, he is considered as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Biography: Very little is known about the life of Vermeer. He was born (at least, he was baptized) on October 31, 1632 in Delft, in a family of an entrepreneur. Jan was the second child in the family and only son of his parents. His father came from Antwerp; in 1611 he moved to Amsterdam and worked as a silk weaver. In 1615, he married and relocated to Delft and became the owner of an inn. He continued to be a silk weaver and was also registered in the Guild of Saint Luke in Delft as a dealer of artworks. Education: Authentic information about the apprenticeship years of Vermeer is not found. It is known, that on December 29, 1653, Jan became a member of the Saint Luke's Guild. According to the conditions of guild membership, the member anticipated six years of serious training by a painter, who is also a member of the guild. Jan Vermeer was known to Leonaert Bramer and Gerard ter Borch. On the basis of this fact, assumptions were made that Vermeer probably completed training with one of them. Apart from this, it is extremely widespread but an authentic hypothesis does not exist, that the artist was trained by Carel Fabruitis, who in turn was pupil of Rembrandt. Certainly, Pieter De Hooch, the Dutch genre artist that lived in Delft from 1652-1661 had a huge influence on the creativity of Vermeer. His style found further development in the canvas of Vermeer. Family and work: On April 20, 1653, Jan Vermeer married Catherina Bolenes from a village in the neighborhood of Delft. Initially, the Calvinist religion displeased the Catholic family of the Bolenes. Only after the admonitions of the Catholic Bramer, the future mother-in-law of Vermeer agreed to the marriage of her daughter. In 1660, Vermeer along with wife shifted to his mother-in-law's house. Vermeer fathered 15 children, of which four died at a very young age. It is obvious that the financial position of the artist was quite good because he could support the children without problem. It is known that Vermeer painted two paintings in a year which indicates that he had other sources of income. He helped his mother to run the inn "Mechelen" in the main market of Delft, which she got after the death of her husband. It is assumed that Vermeer could carry out trading of art items for Dutch artists at that time in this institution. In 1662-63 and 1670-71, Vermeer held the post of Head of the guild of Saint.Luke and accordingly supervised it. In the 17th century, any craftsman and artist were members of a corresponding guild, regulating the activity of representatives by profession. The post as Head of the guild of artists was very honorable and speaks about Jan Vermeer's authority in Delft.
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