Vermeer, The Concert, 1658–1660
Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 64.7 cm. One of approximately only 36 known works by Vermeer in the world. This work was Gardner’s first major acquisition, purchased with the help of experts at a Paris auction sale. Gardner placed it on a table alongside the window, a location where she often placed her most prized paintings, with a chair in front of it to invite viewing.