The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge will host the first ever loan to the UK of Johannes Vermeer's The Lacemaker (c.1669-70). This gem usually hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and is rarely lent to other museums. It will take pride of place in The Fitzwilliam's exhibition Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence in the Mellon Gallery from 5 October until 15 January. Other paintings by Vermeer will be on loan for the exhibition, which will also include works by his 17th-century contemporaries: Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolaes Maes and Jan Steen. Click the title link for more information. CLICK to see the painting in scale.