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Taking a stroll in 17th-c. Netherlands

March 3rd, 2009

Writer, art historian and friend of the Flying Fox, Jonathan Lopez, wrote in recently…


Dear Jonathan,

Flying Fox readers might like to know that they can be transported back to 17th-century Holland by visiting a terrific show of Dutch cityscapes now up at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It contains wonderful town views of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Delft, Dordrecht, The Hague—all of the major Dutch cities—created just as the Netherlands was entering its golden age of prosperity after gaining independence from Spain.

Vermeer aficionados should be aware that the View of Delft, which was included in the version of this show at the Mauritshuis, is unfortunately not in Washington, as the picture is too delicate to travel. But there’s plenty of Delft to see in works by De Hooch, Steen, Vroom, and others. There’s even an amazing Vosmaer showing the explosion of the Delft powder magazine that claimed the life of Vermeer’s presumed teacher Carel Fabritius. (There’s also a very good Fabritius view of Delft in the show too.)

If anybody is interested in learning more, I have a full review of the exhibition in the current issue of Apollo but I really can’t recommend this show highly enough. It’s visually stunning and definitely worth a visit to Washington. It remains on view until the third of May.

All best,
Jonathan Lopez