Milène Fernández : pinholes & reflections on Vermeer


May 19, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Smith library


Salmagundi Library Committee


Open to the public; up to 40 seats
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Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.

About the Event

Milène J. Fernández will share her insights and reflections after seeing this year’s sold-out VERMEER exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2016 Milène interviewed Dr. Jorgen Wadum, the conservator who cleaned and restored the iconic painting by the 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring for an article that was published in The Epoch Times, The Man Who Knows the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Most Intimately: Insights of conservator Jorgen Wadum. Part of Milène’s presentation will touch on how that interview informed her insights about the VERMEER exhibition. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A.

About the Speaker

Milène J. Fernándaz is a gray-haired woman with glasses that are low on the bridge of her nose. Srests her arms on a table with stacks of books in the foreground.

Milène J. Fernández is an arts writer, editor, and “Sunday painter.” Her profile articles on accomplished artists and reviews on exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, and on works for sale at Christie’s and Sotheby’s are published in The Epoch Times. She has also contributed to Canvas (New Masters Academy’s online magazine), Fine Art Connoisseur, among other publications. In her article, Is This a Golden Age for Realism? published in the February 2023 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur, on the occasion of the magazine’s 20th anniversary, she gives a review of the state of realist art today. Currently, Milène edits for various clients, she continues learning how to draw and paint, and is writing her first book (working title: From Life).

Milène is a patron member, serving as a Library Committee member and as the Second Vice President on the Board of Salmagundi.

Epoch Times Article

Click here to read Milène’s article about conservator Jorgen Wadum and his intimate knowledge of the well-known painting Girl with a pearl earring.


Salmagundi members are welcome to reserve for dinner in the dining room via our Reservations page.

A horde of people crows near a small painting on a museum wall.
A line of museum-goers leans in to view the small works on the wall.