Royal Delft highlights Vermeer

24 January 2023

As of February, the 17th-century master Johannes Vermeer will be in the spotlight at Royal Delft. Royal Delft joins in with the Rijksmuseum, which is exhibiting the largest overview of Vermeer for the first time in history. In the coming period, the emphasis at Royal Delft will be on the close link between Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and Johannes Vermeer. For example, it is possible to paint your own Vermeer artwork on tile during a visit to the museum, and photographer Bas Meeuws gives his view of Vermeer with modern flower still lifes. In addition, the existing collection has been expanded with the Vermeer Collectibles by Royal Delft. A special collection with a modern touch.


The Porceleyne Fles and Vermeer

The 17th-century master Johannes Vermeer lived and worked in Delft. Vermeer was best known for his portraits and still lifes, but he also painted historical scenes and landscapes. He was a prominent member of the Delftse Sint Lucas-Gilde, a group of artists that was active in the city of Delft in the 17th century. Both Johannes Vermeer and the owners of De Porceleyne Fles were registered here. Because of this historical bond between Vermeer and Delft and the depth of his work, Vermeer has been translated into Delft Blue by the master painters of Royal Delft for many years.


Bezoek aan het museum met knipoog naar Vermeer

Royal Delft invites Vermeer enthusiasts to visit the museum. During a painting workshop, one can choose one of the renewed Vermeer designs for a tile. The Royal Delft painters have created 4 designs inspired by the following works: the Girl with a Pearl Earring, View of Delft, Vermeer’s Street, but also the Milkmaid.

In the upcoming exhibition (from mid-April) Royal Delft x Bas Meeuws, photographer Bas Meeuws gives his contemporary view of the traditional Dutch genre of flower still lifes. A number of his works have a nod to Vermeer. Complete the visit to the Royal Delft Museum with the special Vermeer lunch, provided by Brasserie1653.


Vermeer Collectibles by Royal Delft

Especially for the Vermeer year, Royal Delft brings together all Vermeer products and the collection is supplemented with the Vermeer Collectibles. A collection that focuses in particular on the modern tourist. The abstract interplay of lines is a translation of the classic representations to the present, with the addition of a golden touch on certain items. Within this collection you will find, among other things, tiles, a tea caddy and a cheese board. A real eye-catcher is the large wall plate of the Girl with a Pearl Earring.


Showpiece: Proud Mary Limited Edition Vermeer Collectibles

The showpiece of the Vermeer Collectibles is the Limited Edition Proud Mary Girl with a Pearl Earring. This iconic item is handmade in the studio in Delft. Subsequently, the master painter of Royal Delft applied a beautiful painting of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. With this Limited Edition Proud Mary, the Proud Mary collection is further expanded.


The workshops and lunch can be booked via the museum website. The Vermeer Collectibles and the Limited Edition Proud Mary can be admired in our stores from the beginning of February and can already be ordered via our webshop. For more information: