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little patch of yellow wall

Visiting the Mauritshuis today to see the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' for real (as reality follows blog posts these days), I was struck by that other Vermeer, hanging across the room from her, which provided one answer to the question of what the girl is looking at so longingly. It's the 'View of Delft'.

Vermeer's View of Delft

As the great Vermeer website tells us:

Marcel Proust's 'À la recherche du temps perdu' contains a well-known passage in which the elderly writer Bergotte visits a Dutch art exhibit and, while examining a detail of Vermeer's 'View of Delft', falls ill and dies.

The still unsolved question is, which "petit pan de mur jaune" ("little patch of yellow wall") in the painting proved lethal to Proust's character...?

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two comments

The is no patch, the so called patch is a DESTROYED roof, meaning that the Child is born.

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Paul de Nowina , 19-06-’13 11:24

Are you a Proustian kabbalist?

bernard (URL), 19-06-’13 15:42

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