View of Delft by Vermeer

THIS landscape is believed to be an early work, for the brushwork is comparatively broad and free. It is probable that the picture was painted direct from observation, contrary to the custom of that period. Most Dutch landscape painters first made drawings and sketches of their scene, and painted from them in their studios.

The cities of Holland have changed very little during the past few hundred years. If you study this reproduction well and then go to visit Delft, no doubt you will feel at home. Perhaps you will even recognize Rotterdam Gate and the Niewkerk.

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