Johannes Vermeer: On Reflection Exhibition

4th – 7th November 2021


We have always wanted to spend time in Dresden and the exciting news of a Vermeer exhibition has spurred us on. The Old Town centre is a true feat of engineering and determination, rebuilt entirely after WWII it is now a pleasure to explore. The city is full of treasures, from Old Masters such as Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, prints by Durer and Mantegna, to the bejeweled splendours of the Green vaults. There will be a day trip in a paddle steamer to see the porcelain factory in Meissen and of course an afternoon spent in the Vermeer exhibition.  Dresden promises good food and wine, and along with fun company it will be a wonderful few days.


Thursday 4th November
We will land in Berlin late morning and will take our coach to Dresden, stopping enroute for lunch. In the afternoon we will explore the Altstadt (Old Town), taking in the striking interiors of the 18th century Kreuzkirche and Frauenkirche with a quick ascent to the dome for wonderful views over the city. We will finish with the remarkable ‘Procession of the Princes’, a 102 m mural entirely created out of Meissen porcelain. Supper will be at a great place we know near the hotel.

Friday 5th November
The morning will be spent in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister looking at the fine collection of Old Master Paintings including Raphael’s Sistine Madonna and works by Titian, Correggio and Rembrandt, among others.

We will have lunch within the gallery before visiting the exhibition ‘Johannes Vermeer: On Reflection’. If time and energy allow, you can then explore the remarkable buildings which house the collection and any masterpieces you may have missed with Richard or venture off to look at the excellent porcelain collection. Dinner will be in the Altstadt.

Saturday 6th November
We will take a paddle steamer along the River Elba to Meissen, it is a very pleasant journey and there is a good café on board. On arrival we will visit the House of Meissen, here we will have a private guided tour of their rather grand museum and of the workshop where we will see live demonstrations. There is also a slightly dangerous shop. Lunch will be in the centre of Meissen and there will be time to explore the city further with Richard before taking the train back to Dresden in time for supper.

Sunday 7th November
In the morning we will visit the Kupferstich kabinett (Prints and Drawings) housed within Residenzschloss (Dresden Castle). This excellent collection includes works by Mantegna, Van Eyck, Holbein, Goya and Rembrandt to name but a few and there is an ever changing display of the prints on view to the public. We will then delve in to the Historic Green Vault, home to a vast collection of treasures and itself a work of art. If time, we will also see the New Green Vault on the upper floors of the Castle. One last lunch in the centre before taking our coach to the airport for the flight home.

Further Details

The trip will be led by Dr Richard Stemp, whose experience lecturing on the Renaissance, Dutch 17th Century painting and the 18th century views of Dresden by Bellotto will make him the ideal tutor.

We will stay at the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, perfectly placed in the centre of the Old Town. The hotel has a great terrace with views of the Kreuzkirche.
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We do not book the flights thus allowing you to travel to suit your budget, use airmiles, travel between different airports or on different dates. However, we recommend buying the following flights with British Airways:

4th November London Heathrow 8.40 – 11.35 Berlin Brandenburg BA0992
7th November Berlin Brandenburg 16.25 – 17.25 London Heathrow BA985
NB Flights are currently very affordable (06/05/21)

We will travel in comfort in a private coach with air-conditioning. There will be airport transfers to meet the recommended flights. We will take a boat to Meissen and return by train.

The fees are £1460 which includes accommodation (in a room for double occupancy) and breakfast, all four lunches, transfers for the recommended flight, transport when connected with teaching, entrance fees, tuition, reading lists and local advice. Single room supplement is £120. Not included are the flights, all suppers and travel insurance.


We will send our safety protocol ahead of the trip. If for reasons of Covid-19 we need to cancel the trip up to 24 hours before the start, we will refund all money except for any payments made on non-refundable entrance tickets.

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If you have any queries please email charlie@arthistoryabroad or call 01379 871800 (302)

NB you must buy your own flights.