Johannes Vermeer: New Light on an Old Master

Johannes Vermeer: New Light on an Old Master

Speaker: art historian Sabry Amroussi

Famed Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) left the world a small but legendary oeuvre of only about 35 paintings, which are often loaded with hidden meaning and symbolism. In 2023, the major retrospective Vermeer opens at the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands. With loans from all over the world, Vermeer promises to be the largest exhibition ever dedicated to the 17th-century master.

In this lecture, Sabry Amroussi—who is closely involved in mounting the exhibition—provides a look at Vermeer’s life story along with the latest insights into deciphering the artist’s work. 

Plan Your Visit This program is included in general admission, with first-come, first-served seating in Lynn Wyatt Theater. On Sundays, the MFAH is open 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Safety Guidelines In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here.

About the Speaker
Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer based in Amsterdam. He specializes in 17th-century Dutch art, the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, and the Jewish history of Amsterdam.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.


Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
5500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
Map & Directions