Footsteps of Vermeer in Delft: The Birthplace of The Master

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is a master of the Dutch Golden Age. He will be the star of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam from February 10 when the exhibition of the Delft opens.

It will bring together almost all his works for the first time. There are many things to know about the life of Vermeer in Delft.

It is not an easy task since Vermeer painted only 35 paintings throughout his life. The institutions and custody of Girl with a Pearl Earring rarely lend its treasures.

For the art-loving traveler, another way to get to know and get closer to the master is by visiting his hometown.

A Dutch city – where are no shortage of canals, merchants’ houses, and peaked churches – an hour south of Amsterdam.

Delft has prepared a parallel program with two highlights. The first highlight is a tourist route that explores the enclaves that marked the artist’s life.

It appeared in many of his paintings. The second highlight is the exhibition focusing on his biography and the relationship.

It is between Johannes Vermeer with the Delft. The El Delft de Vermeer exhibition will remain open until June 4 at the Prinsenhof museum.

It houses the best works of the master’s contemporaries together. It has ceramics from this city and tapestries, maps, engravings, drawings, books, and documents.

Footsteps of Vermeer in Delft
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It also has personal and other treasures from various archives. It shows a picture of the artistic, intellectual, and social climate during the 17th century Delft.

Visitors can meet figures from Vermeer’s immediate circle in the Delft. This circle includes his mother-in-law Maria Thins and fellow painter Leonaert Bramer.

It includes family notary Willem de Langue and master baker Hendrick van Buyten. They will meet collectors Maria de Knuijt and her husband, Pieter van Ruijven.

The ideal way to get closer to the Vermeer is behind the myth. You can consider it a great way to know how Vermeer became one of the most beloved artists.

There are still some unpublished documents on display. These documents come to light during the preparation of this exhibition.

One is a burial record in the Old Church (Oude Kerk) indicating the honorable burying of the artist. Another find is a document reflecting the financial compensation Vermeer’s family received.

It is after his inn suffered a devastating gunpowder explosion in 1654. Another is the place from which he painted View of Delft.

It is the most famous urban landscape of 17th-century Holland. It was the home of his aunts in Delft, where he created The Alley.

It is also essential to go through the headquarters of the Guild of San Lucas. This place joins painters, glassmakers, sculptors, and engravers in the guild.

It also joins potters, book printers, and art dealers in the guild. Vermeer entered here following the footsteps of his father. It houses the Vermeer Cemtrum today.

There is no doubt that the city of the master is beautiful. It has many things to offer to its visitors. This place in The Netherlands lies on the River Schie between Rotterdam and The Hague.

It’s a lovely historic Old Town and home to a delightful market square. There are many churches and many well-preserved medieval-era houses. The city is a vibrant cultural and tourist hub.

It is home to some of the best museums in the Netherlands. There are many entertainment opportunities and endless other fun things to do.

The entertainment opportunities include taking a stroll around the many booths. Any visitor can do it at the famous Saturday Flea Market.

It is possible to follow in the footsteps of Vermeer in Delft without any doubt. So If any traveler has an interest, they can surely do it.