Masterpieces of the Golden Age

Vermeer's view of Delft

Masterpiece

Artist Johannes Vermeer
Title View of Delft
Year 1661
Technique Oil on canvas
Current location Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands

Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was not a very prolific painter - fewer than 40 of his paintings are known, and it is unlikely he painted many more than those. Most of his works are of domestic interior scenes, possibly of his own house.

View of Delft

View of Delft

View of Delft is a composition of key elements of the Delft townscape, not a photographic reproduction - there is no place from where you could see Delft as shown in the picture. Just right of the centre we see the church tower of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the last resting place of William the Silent and of the Dutch royal family. Other landmarks are the Schiedamse Poort (Schiedam Gate, left of centre) and the Rotterdamse Poort (Rotterdam Gate, far right).

View of Delft is on permanent display in the Mauritshuis in The Hague, The Netherlands.