Vermeer and Delft: two names that are inseparable. Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century artist, is born in the centre of Delft. To honour this artist, there is a Vermeer Centre in the centre of Delft. Vermeer is also called the Sphinx of Delft, because there is so little information about him. Do you visit the Vermeer Centre in Delft? Then you can park you car at the Marktgarage.
About Johannes Vermeer
As many artists, Vermeer got famous after his dead. In 1866 he got ‘discovered’ by a French artcriticus. What is known from Vermeer, is reproduced in the Vermeer Centre in Delft. On the first floor of the museum you will find his atelier and learn about his working method. Colour, composition and light was very important for his work. In the basement of the museum are the reporductions of his paintings. His work is in other museums, for example in The Hague, London and New Yrok. On the second floor of the museum you will find the exposition ‘Lovemessages from Vermeer’. Love is a recurring theme in his work.
Vermeer Centrum Delft
The Vermeer Centrum in Delft is on the place where the association of painters and artists (Sint Lucasgilde) used to be. Vermeer joined the guild in 1653 and has also been head of the guild for a few years. In the Vermeer Centrum in Delft you make a tour through his life, based on the reproductions of his work, his atelier and the exposition. When you visit the Vermeer Centrum Delft you can use the audiotour; you get talked through the museum. Nice to know: every Friday at 2 pm and Sunday at 12 am there is a free Dutch tour in the Vermeer Centrum Delft.
More information? Visit www.vermeerdelft.nl.