Vermeer Causes Chaos At The Louvre

The Louvre’s current Vermeer exhibition was supposed to be a major coup. Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting (until 22 May) is the first blockbuster show in many years, meant to herald a revival at the museum that saw its attendance drop by more than 15% since the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Twelve of Vermeer’s paintings, a third of his oeuvre, are on loan from America and Europe. But since its opening, the exhibition has caused more headaches at the Louvre than celebrations, leading security staff to threaten to strike on 10 March if the situation is not improved.

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