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VERMEER’S RIVAL IN LONG AGO DELFT
INSIDE A QUIET COURTYARD
What land is this? Yon pretty town
Is Delft, with all its wares displayed….
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
Dutch artist Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), who like his contemporary Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), lived in Delft, also immortalizing the people and its environment in canvases full of remarkable detail as well as clarity of light. Early American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18707-1882) often was inspired by the past, not only of his own country (“Paul Revere’s Ride,” Song of Hiawatha, among other works), but of European civilization in general.
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