Vermeer’s attention to light and detail make this painting a true masterpiece, and give it a reflective atmosphere – maybe best captured in the water’s reflections themselves.
If you get up close to Vermeer’s sky, you can see how the paint has start to crack over the years.
A famous skyline
Delft’s characteristic buildings are painted with very fine detail. In fact, Vermeer neatened up the buildings to look more clean and crisp than they did in real life!
A brave new world
The Dutch Golden Age saw The Netherlands lead the world in science, art, military power, and commerce. Vermeer paints this ocean-going galley with gold flecks, a symbol of the Golden Age.
Light and dark
This work views Delft from the south and Vermeer painted the city contrasting with patches of sun and shade.