When you arrive from our new underground train station (cost estimated at 270 million euro, actual cost 550 million euro and still nowhere near the end of it) you see this wonderful welcome sign: “Welcome in the city of Vermeer, Welcome to Delft”. And if you are lucky there will be a girl there all in a traditional Dutch costume bidding you welcome.
The City of Vermeer never did anything much to honour it’s second most famous historical inhabitant. There is no painting of Vermeer in Delft. And for years we had to do with pathetic replica’s of his paintings. Only few years ago, we finally got ourselves a “Vermeer Museum”, in the place of the Guild of St. Luke.
The exhibition Vermeer is coming home | The Little Street returns to Delft describes the long search to identify the place that inspired Vermeer to paint his masterpiece. It deals with a number of theories, but specifically explains the most recent research on this topic.