A View of Delft, with a Musical Instrument Seller’s Stall by Carel Fabritius

A View of Delft, with a Musical Instrument Seller’s Stall
1652
The Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Oil on canvas
National Gallery, London, UK

The tiny panoramic picture measuring only 15.4 x31.6 cm is an anamorphic view of the town of Delft. In the foreground a sullen street vendor guards a lute and bass viol, and in the background is Nieuwe Kerk, the Town Hall and houses stretching along the canal. Illuminated against the blue and white sky as the summer sky allows the trees to cast shadows over the buildings.

Carel Fabritius
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Born: 27 February 1622, Middenbeemster, Dutch Republic
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 12 October 1654, Delft, Dutch Republic

Less known than his Dutch Golden Age contemporaries due to his untimely death. Fabrius was a bine-fide free spirit working within the Baroque tradition. He left just 13 confirmed artworks. Even so, he is considered Rembrandt’s most gifted and important student and after leaving the great Dutch Master’s tutorage, he went on to a key figure within the mid-17th century School of Delft.

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