Arts Everyday Living: Vermeer’s Rival in Long Ago Delft—Inside a Quiet Courtyard

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VERMEER’S RIVAL IN LONG AGO DELFT

INSIDE A QUIET COURTYARD

 

 

Pieter de Hooch,The Courtyard of a House in Delft, 1658, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, London, UK

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.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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