Wednesday, March 30, 2016
year of vermeer
Last Saturday when we visited Delft, the Year of Vermeer started. (pure coincidence)
Up to Saturday there was not a real ‘Vermeer’ in Delft, the place where he was born, lived and worked as a painter. Finally after 320 years, one of his masterpieces 'Het Straatje'(The Little Street) can be seen in Delft until 17 July.
Just recently it became clear, where Vermeer painted his little street. There have been many theories about the exact location. But an old tax register proved that it was in Vlamingstraat 40-42, where Vermeer situated his painting. At the painting there are two gates, one is still recognizable today.
The Vlamingstraat is not far from the place where you can see the painting, at the Prinsenhof. The exhibition is called: Vermeer is coming home, the little street back in Delft.
We visited the Rijksmuseum last month and have seen 'Het Straatje van Vermeer' in Amsterdam, so we went to the Botanical Garden instead.