Street in Delft (c. 1657-1658) by Jan Vermeer

Street in Delft - Jan Vermeer - c. 1657-1658

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TitleStreet in Delft
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec. 1657-1658
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions54.3 x 44 cm
Current LocationRijksmuseum, Amsterdam

About Street in Delft

The artwork titled “Street in Delft” was created by the renowned Dutch artist Jan Vermeer around 1657-1658. This masterpiece is painted in oil on canvas and measures 54.3 by 44 centimeters. It is currently housed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, showcasing Vermeer’s exquisite skill in capturing the essence of daily life in the Netherlands during the 17th century.

The artwork presents a tranquil scene of a city street in Delft, offering a glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age urban environment. Various brick buildings with distinct architectural details line one side of the street. The red and pale brickwork buildings are rich with texture and color nuances, reflecting Vermeer’s careful attention to the materiality of the urban landscape. A sense of peaceful daily life is evoked by the depiction of figures engaging in mundane activities—two individuals are present, one appearing within an arched passageway and the other seated, attending to a task at the doorstep. The careful rendering of shadows and light, as well as the varied rooflines of the houses, create a strong sense of depth and perspective.

The clouds in the sky are skillfully painted, with soft edges and a naturalistic portrayal of sunlight filtering through. The street itself is depicted with meticulous attention to the effects of light on the cobbled surface, enhancing the work’s overall atmospheric quality. Overall, Vermeer’s “Street in Delft” is a testament to his ability to infuse a simple street scene with a profound sense of realism and quietude.

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