Museum Prinsenhof



Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer

11 October 2019 to 16 February 2020

The first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the famous 17th-century painter Pieter de Hooch (1629 - after 1684) will be presented at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft from 11 October 2019 to 16 February 2020. The exhibition, Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer is the first retrospective of the artist’s work in his own country. After Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch is widely considered to be the most celebrated Delft master of the 17th century. The paintings De Hooch produced in Delft (ca. 1652-1660) will be at the heart of the exhibition: his most beautiful courtyards and interiors will return to the city where they were painted almost 400 years ago.        

30 works will be coming to Delft on loan from leading museums in Europe and the United States. These include many famous paintings never before exhibited in the Netherlands such as the well-known Courtyard of a House in Delft from the National Gallery, London. Other Pieter de Hooch masterpieces will come from Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, the Kunsthaus Zürich and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. An extraordinary work on loan from the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the masterpiece Cardplayers in a Sunlit Room. In addition, the exhibition will comprise works on loan from the Mauritshuis, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the Amsterdam Museum and of course the Rijksmuseum, which holds one of the largest collections of De Hoochs in the world.    

Janelle Moerman, Director, Museum Prinsenhof Delft: “In 2019, we will finally offer Pieter de Hooch the prominence he deserves by showing his finest works in Delft. The 30 works by De Hooch brought together on this unique occasion, will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to study his style and imagery in depth. Never before have so many of De Hooch’s masterpieces returned to ‘his’ Delft, the city where he created his most beautiful courtyards and interiors almost 400 years ago. Here one can still experience the atmosphere of Pieter de Hooch’s 17th-century Delft with its beautiful buildings and churches he once painted.”       

Pieter de Hooch vrouw en kind bij het bleken van laken binnen Delft particuliere collectie

Pieter de Hooch, Woman and a child in a bleaching ground in Delft, 1657-1659. © Private collection.


In preparation for the exhibition, a range of research projects has been in progress since 2017: art-historical research, research on materials and techniques, research into topographical aspects of Pieter de Hooch’s work, archival research and research into the history of the appreciation of De Hooch’s work. For the research, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft has worked in close cooperation with the Rijksmuseum, the Delft University of Technology, an archival art historian and an architectural historian. The results of these various lines of research will become visible in the exhibition and will be described in the catalogue accompanying the exposition.

The investigation of materials and techniques being carried out by the Rijksmuseum’s restorers and researchers concerns the six paintings by Pieter de Hooch from their own collection, dated ca. 1650 to 1670. In order to broaden the field of research, paintings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe and a private collection were also studied. The research promises to provide fascinating new insights into the materials and techniques used by the Dutch master.


Online tickets are available from August 2019 via A surcharge of €5.00, including audiotour, is added to the usual admission fee while the exhibition is running. The surcharge, also including audiotour, for children from age 4 through 18 will be €2.50. The museum will use time slots for a specific date and time, in order to regulate the number of visitors in the exhibition galleries. The slots start every half hour.

For groups of more than 10 people the admission will be €14.00 per person including surcharge and audiotour. Tours of the exhibition are not permitted. It is, however, possible for lectures and presentations for groups to be arranged upon request, always in combination with a visit to the exhibition. Information and bookins via [email protected] or +31 (0)15 2197927.

Rembrandt and The Dutch Golden Age

2019 will be the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Reason to honour the artist and devote extra attention to his work, his contemporaries and the 17th century. These subjects come together in the year commemorating Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, with many exhibitions and activities throughout the country. In 2019, NBTC Holland Marketing, the Fries Museum, the Mauritshuis, Museum het Rembrandthuis, the Rijksmuseum, Museum De Lakenhal, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, The National Maritime Museum, the Municipal Archive Amsterdam and the Jewish Cultural Quarter will work together with cities including Middelburg, Leiden, Dordrecht, Haarlem, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Delft and Amsterdam under the title Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. For an overview of all activities and partners, see:

Rembrandt en de Gouden Eeuw

Delft & The Golden Age

In 2019, Delft will ‘turn to gold’ with a year of cultural events on aspects of the 17th-century Delft Golden Age in today’s Delft. ‘Delft & the Golden Age’ is part of the year commemorating ‘Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age’ in the Netherlands. The year of commemoration in Delft begins in January with the exhibition Glorious Delft Blue at Royal Delft. The exhibition Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer will be the highlight of the Delft commemoration. For more information, see:

Step in the golden age

Main benefactor / Thanks to

In 2017, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft received the Turing Foundation Art Award I for the best Dutch museum exhibition plan for 2019-2020. The Turing Foundation is the main benefactor of the exhibition.

The exhibition Pieter de Hooch in Delft is further made possible with support from the Municipality of Delft, the Dutch Government (an indemnity grant has been provided by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science), Mondriaan Fonds, Fonds 21, Fonds 1818, Rabobank, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Zabawas, DSM, De Laatste Eer, Best Western Museumhotels Delft, the Friends of Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Werkse!, AAmeGravin van Bylandt Stichting, Frans Mortelmans Stichting, Stichting Dorodarte, dr. Hendrik Mullerfonds, Stichting voor Hulp aan Delftse Jongeren, mr. Th.J.H. Dröge notaris BV and Mecanoo.

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