Delft and the Golden Age
The Golden Age was a time of flourishing of the economy, arts and science. Nowhere is Golden Age more visible or tangible than in Delft!
The city played an important role in the founding of the VOC (the Dutch East India Company) in 1602 and was one of six cities that boasted a Chamber of the VOC. The world-renowned Delft Blue was developed in 17th-century Delft. Furthermore, famous Dutch masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Carel Fabritius lived and worked in the city. Delft also played a key role in science in the Golden Age. Delft scientists such as Hugo de Groot, Reinier de Graaf and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek are still remembered around the world for their scientific contributions.