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

Street in Delft - Vermeer, Jan - c

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

Jan Vermeer’s oil painting “The Little Street” is a significant work of art that has captured the essence of everyday life in seventeenth-century Dutch towns. Vermeer, a realistic painter, was famous for his skillful use of chiaroscuro to create an intense sense of reality in his works. The painting portrays a typical feature of the Dutch Golden Age town and shows an old street with buildings on either side, alleys leading to other houses, and a brick-paved road.

Vermeer’s approach to composition is intriguing since he achieves both the feeling of stability and balance by using symmetrical perspectives while also capturing the primary features that strike him as extraordinary around him. Therefore, “The Little Street” is among Vermeer’s most recognized paintings representing ordinary people in their local environment. His fascinating use of light and textural effects creates tangible illusions that transport you back in time when you stand before this creation.

Although very little biographical information exists about Vermeer – it’s hard not to appreciate his immense achievement framed within only two recognized townscape paintings by him. As such, “The Little Street” remains an interesting subject for art enthusiasts who desire to learn more about the masterful works created by one of history’s most important realist painters.

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