VERMEER’S DELFT at Museum Prinsenhof in Delft

Wallerant Vaillant, Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-93). Flower painter, 1671, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

10th February – 4th June.

Throughout the 17th century, Delft was a city full of talent and innovation. Here, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) grew to be an artist of global scale. For the first time ever, the life of this world-known Delft master is the focus of an exhibition. Prime pieces of Delft peers will be presented alongside Delft ceramic, Delft tapestries, archival objects and personal documents. With these pieces, we’ll paint a clear picture of the artistic, intellectual, and social climate of Delft in the 17th century.

Audio tour
Admission includes an audio tour, available in English, Dutch and French.

In this narrated walk (in Dutch), we take the listener into Vermeer’s city. You can listen to the podwalk anywhere: on the sofa at home, on the train and on a walk through the city of Delft, before or after visiting the exhibition.

Family programme
A ‘family trail’ (in Dutch) is available to families. It consists of a booklet with see and do assignments children (ages 4 to 12) can do with their (grand)parents to discover all sorts of things about Vermeer and his world.

A lavishly illustrated publication, produced in cooperation with Waanders Publishers (Waanders Uitgevers), will accompany the exhibition. In English and Dutch, 128 pages, circa €28.95 (paperback).

Vermeer in Amsterdam
Parallel to the exhibition in Museum Prinsenhof Delft, the Rijksmuseum is organizing the very first solo exhibition about Vermeer. de eerste tentoonstelling over Vermeer in zijn geschiedenis. With borrowed pieces from all over the world, this Vermeer-exhibit promises to be the biggest one to date. With help from the Mauritshuis, the Rijksmuseum will explore Vermeer’s artistry, artistic choices and the motivations behind his compositions and processes.