The exhibition Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer which will take place at Museum Prinsenhof Delft from 11 October 2019 to 16 February 2020. It will be the first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands (and also the first on the European mainland) of the famous 17th-century painter Pieter de Hooch (1629 – after 1684), who after Vermeer, is widely considered to be the most celebrated Delft master of the 17th century.
Approximately 30 works will be coming from collections in Europe and the United States including from the National Gallery London; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; and National Gallery of Art, Washington and from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, which holds one of the largest collections of works by De Hooch in the world. The 30 works by De Hooch brought together on this unique occasion will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to study his style and imagery in depth.
Never before have so many of De Hooch’s masterpieces returned to ‘his’ Delft, the city where he created his most beautiful courtyards and interiors almost 400 years ago. In preparation for the exhibition, a range of research projects has been in progress since 2017: art-historical research, research on materials and techniques, research into topographical aspects of Pieter de Hooch’s work, archival research and research into the history of the appreciation of De Hooch’s work. The results of these various lines of research will become visible in the exhibition and will be described in the exhibition catalogue.
For further information, see the exhibition website.
Image caption: Pieter de Hooch, Cardplayers in a sunlit Room, 1658
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019