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On the right when you enter the exhibit George Deem: The Art of Art History at the Boston Athenaeum, there is a very large map of the coast of a foreign land. Looking closer, you see that this is not an ordinary hand-drawn or printed map done in ink, and it is not on paper or parchment as it appears to be at first glance. Instead, it’s mixed media – oil, acrylic, watercolor, and ink – on canvas. The painting hanging beside it is recognizably based on a work by Johannes Vermeer, and in the painting, on the wall to the right of the obligatory window, is the very same map! Deem painted the 60 X 84 inch map in 1982, and then incorporated it into many of his Vermeer-related works. Deem’s hallmark was to reimagine other artists’ work; the effect is something like that of a retold fairytale...

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