View of Delft (c. 1660-1661) by Jan Vermeer

View of Delft - Jan Vermeer - c.1660 - c.1661

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TitleView of Delft
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec.1660 - c.1661
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions96.5 x 117.5 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMauritshuis, Hague, Netherlands

About View of Delft

The artwork “View of Delft” is a renowned oil on canvas painting by the distinguished Dutch artist Jan Vermeer, created circa 1660 to 1661. Manifesting the aesthetic of the Baroque period, it measures 96.5 x 117.5 cm. This exquisite cityscape represents a tranquil yet dynamic vista of the city of Delft. Presently, the painting graces the collection of the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

The artwork captures a serene moment in time, depicting the city of Delft with striking realism and attention to lighting and atmosphere. The city’s skyline is rendered with architectural precision, showcasing a variety of building facades and the notable outlines of churches, marked by their tall steeples, which punctuate the horizontal sprawl of houses and structures. One can observe boats moored along the quay, suggesting the vitality of Delft as a center of commerce and trade during the period. In the foreground, groups of figures congregate by the water’s edge, engaged in conversation or solitary reflection, alluding to the everyday life and social interactions of the city’s inhabitants.

The masterful use of light, so characteristic of Vermeer’s oeuvre, is evident in the luminous cloudscape, which bathes the city in a warm, diffused glow. The reflection on the water adds a sense of depth and quiet movement, enhancing the overall impression of a meticulously observed and beautifully rendered moment in time. The artwork stands as a testament to Vermeer’s ability to elevate a cityscape into a profound exploration of light, color, and form, making it one of the most admired works in the realm of Dutch Golden Age painting.

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