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The Girl with a Pearl Earring: Johannes Vermeer

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Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, whose few paintings have left works that still arouse curiosity, interest and admiration from centuries ago.

Johannes Vermeer is one of the most well-known painters in the Netherlands today, along with Rembrandt. But Vermeer was not a well-known painter in his day. This mysterious artist, whose life, painting education and technique could not be found, went out of Delft, the city where he was born, only once to go to Amsterdam. Although Vermeer did not have a great impact on his period with his paintings, which he worked in small numbers and in small sizes compared to the general painting world of the 17th century, centuries later, he is mentioned as a mysterious genius in many fields from painting to cinema, pop-art culture and mural art all over the world.

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A Mysterious Treasure Waiting for Centuries

Vermeer was born on October 31, 1632, in Delft, Netherlands. His father, who owns a satin weaving factory, is also engaged in the trade of works of art. Having a childhood familiar with paintings, Vermeer took over the business of collecting and selling works after his father’s death in 1652, but his desire to paint is more dominant. Although many names can be counted in the field of painting, which are assumed to have been influenced by his period, the information about who and where he received his education cannot go beyond guesswork.

When he started painting in the 1650s, Vermeer first worked on religious and mythological subjects. But after a short while, as we can see in his works that have survived to this day, his main subject begins to be scenes from everyday life. Vermeer, who mostly works on interior depictions, was not known outside of Delft during his lifetime. He became a member of the city’s painting society in 1653 and was elected president of this society in 1662 and 1670. Vermeer, who has a small-scale recognition in the city of Delft, attained his indisputable position in the art of painting two centuries after his own period. Étiene-Joseph-Théophile Thoré, a French painter and art critic, writes an article on Vermeer’s works in 1866 and refers to Vermeer as the “Sphinx of Delft” in this article. From this date on, museums in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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A Digital Meeting with Vermeer; “Meet Vermeer”

Vermeer, who died in Delft on 16 December 1675, leaves only 36 paintings behind. His works, which are exhibited in 18 different museums in 7 different countries today, promise a visual journey towards the mysterious world of its creator and the paintings, hidden details behind the calm scenes. The “Meet Vermeer” corner, implemented jointly by Google Arts & Culture and the museum Mauritshuis, which is considered the home of Vermeer , offers a wide and competent selection in order to get to know the artist and his works better and to follow his influence on today.

A wide, enjoyable and exciting digital meeting with Vermeer takes place in the Meet Vermeer corner, where detailed articles on the artist’s painting details, videos, visuals, pop culture studies prepared based on his works, the artist’s life and the examination of his works are included.

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Among the Dutch painters, you are faced with an extensive archive of both the works and the approach to art of Vermeer, who exhibits mastery in the use of light and clear colors, uses a unique paint technique, and mostly focuses on female figures in his paintings. You can examine Vermeer paintings closely in the digital gallery prepared with the augmented reality technique. You can get information about the hidden details in important paintings such as Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, The Glass of Wine, The Geographer, View of Delft, Vermeer’s interest in cartography, and why the world-renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring is so famous. reviews and much more, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Mauritshuis, invites digital travelers to a pleasant journey in the world of painting.

Kenta started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an Dutch company, he stepped into web research and news technologies and became a web enthusiast, which made him start Amsterdamfox.com. Kenta loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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