The exhibition Pieter de Hooch in Delft. From the shadow of Vermeer in Museum Prinsenhof Delft is the highlight of the theme year Delft & the Golden Age. You can admire 29 paintings of the Delft painter from all over the world. During the exhibition from 11 October 2019 through 16 February 2020 you can do a free city walk through Delft and discover more about Pieter de Hooch's life. Read more! 

About the exhibition
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Pieter De Hooch was active during a time when painting blossomed in Delft. Daily life was a much favoured theme in his work. Using warm colours, tantalising views of open doorways and a natural incidence of light, Pieter de Hooch was skilled at creating congenial atmospheres on canvas. It is an ambience often seen in Delft painting.

In the period that he worked in Delft (between ca. 1652 and 1660), De Hooch created his most spectacular paintings, works in which the city of Delft features prominently. For the first time ever, these masterpieces have been brought back to the city where they were created by the Prinsenhof Museum Delft. The work of Pieter de Hooch can be viewed from 11 October 2019 through 16 February 2020. As this is the first exhibition ever organised in the Netherlands dedicated to this renowned Delft master, De Hooch is finally getting the attention that a painter of his stature deserves!

  • Pieter de Hooch (1629- in of na 1679), Hollandse binnenplaats, ca. 1658-1660, Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.56
  • Pieter de Hooch (1629- in of na 1679), Een binnenplaats in Delft in de avond met een spinnende vrouw, ca. 1657, Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • Hendrick van der Burch (ca. 1625 - na/after 1664), Vrouw met kind bij een raam, 1650 – 1655, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Delft (bruikleen van de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed), inv.nr. B 1-28
  • Pieter de Hooch (1629- in of na 1679), Portret van een Delftse familie, ca. 1657, Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wenen
  • Pieter de Hooch (1629- in of na 1679), Binnenplaats van een huis in Delft, 1658, The National Gallery, Londen

WALK THE STREETS OF DELFT AND FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PIETER DE HOOCH
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Available at Museum Prinsenhof Delft and online

The centre of Delft still radiates the atmosphere of the Dutch Golden Age. What, however, can still be seen from the time of Pieter de Hooch? Which places were special to him? What did he think of his city? And, do the representations of the city in his paintings match reality? Pick up the free book at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, wander through Delft and find answers to these questions. You can also easily follow the route online. Go to this website, turn on your GPS location and be guided by historic Delft.

How does this tour work?
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You visit ten sites important in the life of Pieter de Hooch. The route is marked with signs bearing Pieter de Hooch’s self-portrait. The book and website give information about each site. This walking tour lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

Pieter de Hooch route

Let's go!
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Pick up the free book at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, wander through Delft and find answers to these questions. You can also easily follow the route online. Go to this website, turn on your GPS location and be guided by historic Delft. Have fun!

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