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Vermeer and the Delft School

Vermeer and the Delft School

Liedtke, Walter A., Michiel C. Plomp, and Axel Rüger, with contributions by Reinier Baarsen, Marten Jan Bok, Jan Daniël van Dam, James David Draper, Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis, and Kees Kaldenbach
640 pages
526 illustrations
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Seventeenth-century Delft has often been viewed as a quaint town whose artists painted scenes of domestic life. This important book revises that image, showing that the small but vibrant Dutch city produced a wide range of artworks, including luxurious tapestries and silver objects, as well as sophisticated paintings for the court at The Hague and for patrician collectors in Delft itself.

The volume traces the history and culture of Delft from the 1200s through the lifetime of the city's most renowned painter, Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675). Some ninety paintings (sixteen of them by Vermeer), forty drawings, and a choice selection of decorative arts are examined at length and reproduced in full color. The paintings include state portraits, history pictures, still lifes, views of palaces and church interiors, illusionistic murals, and refined genre pictures by Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch. Besides magnificent still lifes, portraits and landscapes, the rich works on paper encompass exquisite drawings by Delft artists on the vellum pages of a presentation album and sketches of the town by visiting artists. Among the decorative arts are tapestries, bronze statuary, silver gilt, Delftware, and glass. Some two hundred additional works, by both Delft artists and masters from other Dutch cities, are also illustrated and discussed.

A final essay takes the reader on a walk through seventeenth-century Delft. It is accompanied by maps of the city's neighborhoods that indicate major landmarks and the homes of patrons, art dealers, and artists—who in addition to De Hooch and Vermeer, include Balthasar van der Ast, Leonaert Bramer, Carel Fabritius, Gerard Houckgeest, Michiel van Miereveld, Adam Pynacker, Jan Steen, Willem and Hendrick van Vliet, and Emmanuel de Witte.

This handsome book serves as the catalogue for the exhibition "Vermeer and the Delft School" presented from March 8 to May 27, 2001, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and from June 20 to September 16, 2001, at The National Gallery, London.

A Young Woman at Her Toilet with a Maid, Gerard ter Borch the Younger  Dutch, Oil on wood
Gerard ter Borch the Younger
ca. 1650–51
Jacob van Dalen (1570–1644), Called Vallensis, Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt  Netherlandish, Oil on wood
Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt
Margaretha van Clootwijk (born about 1580/81, died 1662), Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt  Netherlandish, Oil on wood
Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt
The Judgment of Solomon, Leonaert Bramer  Dutch, Oil on wood
Leonaert Bramer
Opera Mathematica ou Oeuvres Mathematiques Traictant de Geometrie, Perspective, Architecture, et Fortification, Samuel Marolois  Netherlandish, Engraving
Multiple artists/makers
Leisure Time in an Elegant Setting, Pieter de Hooch  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Pieter de Hooch
ca. 1663–65
Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio, Francesco di Giorgio Martini  Italian, Walnut, beech, rosewood, oak and fruitwoods in walnut base, Italian, Gubbio
Multiple artists/makers
ca. 1478–82
The Visit, Pieter de Hooch  Dutch, Oil on wood
Pieter de Hooch
ca. 1657
Virgin and Child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Anthony van Dyck  Flemish, Oil on canvas
Anthony van Dyck
ca. 1630
A Maid Asleep, Johannes Vermeer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Johannes Vermeer
ca. 1656–57
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Johannes Vermeer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Johannes Vermeer
ca. 1662
Young Woman with a Lute, Johannes Vermeer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Johannes Vermeer
ca. 1662–63
Flora, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)
ca. 1654
Study of a Young Woman, Johannes Vermeer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Johannes Vermeer
ca. 1665–67
Clothing the Naked, Michiel Sweerts  Flemish, Oil on canvas
Michiel Sweerts
ca. 1661
Allegory of the Catholic Faith, Johannes Vermeer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Johannes Vermeer
ca. 1670–72
The Meeting of Jacob And Rachel at the Well, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, with framing line in pen and brown ink
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)
A Walking Musketeer, seen from behind, Anthonie Palamedesz.  Dutch, Black chalk, brush and brown ink, brown wash, some spots of blue watercolor along the edges; framing lines in pen and brown ink
Anthonie Palamedesz.
17th century
View of Delft after the Explosion of the Gunpowder Arsenal on October 12, 1654, Herman Saftleven II  Dutch, Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on two sheets of paper
Herman Saftleven II
17th century
Tile with a bust of William III (1650–1702), Adrianus Kocx, Delftware (tin-glazed earthenware), Dutch, Delft
Multiple artists/makers
ca. 1694
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Liedtke, Walter A., Michiel Plomp, and Axel Rüger. 2001. Vermeer and the Delft School. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press [distributor].