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Pieter de Hooch in Delft

Feb. 19, 2020

The exhibition Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer attracted a record number of visitors to the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. Between 11 October 2019 and 16 February 2020, over 90,000 visitors viewed the first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands on this famous 17th-century Delft master. Until now, the 2016 exhibition Vermeer returns home, had attracted the largest number of visitors to the Delft museum - 57,000.

About the exhibition

Pieter de Hooch in Delft focused on the period of the artist’s greatest flourishing (ca. 1655-1660), when Delft played a leading role. Masterpieces came to Delft from around the world: Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the National Gallery of Art (Washington), the Kunsthaus (Zürich) and the Royal Collection Trust (from the private collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II), among others lent paintings to the museum. Among the works on loan were many famous paintings, such as the exhibition’s key work The Courtyard of a House in Delft (1658), from the National Gallery in London. For two years prior to the exhibition, a range of multidisciplinary research projects was carried out in cooperation with, the Rijksmuseum among others,. The research revealed the influence of Delft on Pieter de Hooch to have been greater than previously thought. The findings of the research are recorded in the extensive catalogue published in cooperation with WBOOKS. With its 29 masterpieces, Pieter de Hooch in Delft was the most ambitious exhibition ever at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft and was made possible by the Turing Award 2017. The exhibition was part of the national commemoration of Rembrandt and the Golden Age in 2019, and was the highlight of the Delft celeberation of Delft & the Golden Age.

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