View of Delft

By Johannes Vermeer SKU:2085

Johannes Vermeer's "View on Delft" is a renowned masterpiece painted in the mid-17th century, around 1660-1661. This oil painting measures approximately 96.5 cm in height and 115.7 cm in width, capturing the picturesque cityscape of Delft, Netherlands. Vermeer's unique art style, characterized by his exquisite use of light, color, and meticulous details, elevates "View on Delft" to a special status. The painting's remarkable realism and the serene atmosphere it evokes make it a standout in Vermeer's oeuvre and an iconic representation of Dutch Golden Age art. Its ability to transport viewers into a serene and timeless scene is what makes it truly exceptional.

52 cm

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“View on Delft” is a remarkable painting by the renowned Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer. It was completed around 1660-1661 during the Dutch Golden Age, a period when Dutch art, especially painting, flourished.

“View on Delft” stands apart as one of Vermeer’s largest and most famous works. It portrays the artist’s hometown, Delft, in the Netherlands. The painting is renowned for its strikingly detailed and realistic depiction of the cityscape and the atmospheric effects of light and shadow.

Art Style:

Vermeer is often associated with the art movement known as Dutch Baroque, and his style in “View on Delft” reflects this. Characteristic of the Baroque period, the painting focuses on high levels of detail and a realistic representation of light.

In this painting, Vermeer employs a style known as “pointillé” (French for “pointed” or “punctuated”), which involves the use of small, distinct dots of color to form an image. This technique was highly unusual for the time, which makes “View on Delft” all the more unique.

While Vermeer is most famous for his genre scenes, or depictions of everyday life, “View on Delft” is a cityscape, which was less common in his body of work. Despite this, he still brings the same meticulous attention to detail and fascination with light and shadow to this piece, making it a prime example of his unique style and vision.

Why is it special?

“View on Delft” is considered special for many reasons. Its size, meticulous detail, and the artist’s masterful handling of light and shadow make it a standout within Vermeer’s body of work.

1. The Use of Light: Vermeer’s delicate handling of light in this painting is extraordinary. He creates a striking contrast between the shadowy buildings on the right and the sunlit ones on the left. This meticulous depiction of lighting effects reflects Vermeer’s deep understanding of optics, which was innovative for his time.

2. Detail and Realism: The minute detailing of the cityscape, from the bricks on the buildings to the reflections on the water, contributes to the painting’s lifelike quality. This intense attention to detail, coupled with a high degree of topographical accuracy, makes the painting almost like a snapshot of Delft in the mid-17th century.

3. Emotional Impact: The painting is known for its serene and somewhat melancholic mood, a characteristic that differentiates it from other cityscape paintings of the period. This emotional depth adds an extra dimension to the painting, making it not just a cityscape, but a profound exploration of mood and atmosphere.

4. Pointillé Technique: As mentioned earlier, Vermeer’s use of the pointillé technique was unusual for the period and contributes to the painting’s distinct appearance. It gives the work a unique vibrancy and luminosity.

In conclusion, “View on Delft” is a testament to Vermeer’s genius, offering us a stunningly detailed, atmospheric, and emotionally resonant glimpse into the past.

Original size:
114 x 97 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
61 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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