Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft, c.1660 / 61

Souvenirs of the View of Delft .

This is the most famous cityscape from the Golden Age. The play between light and shadow, the impressive cloudy sky and the subtle reflections on the water make this painting an absolute masterpiece.

We see Delft from the south. It is almost windless, the city breathes peace. Vermeer also brought that calm into his composition by making three horizontal bands: water, city and air. And by painting the buildings a bit less messy than they were in reality.

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