The Little Street

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The Little Street
Johannes Vermeer - Gezicht op huizen in Delft, bekend als 'Het straatje' - Google Art Project.jpg
Artist Johannes Vermeer
Year 1657–1658
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54.3 cm × 44 cm (21.4 in × 17 in)
Location Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Little Street (Het Straatje) is a painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, executed c. 1657–58. It is exhibited at the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, and signed on the left hand corner below the window "I V MEER".[1][2]


Voldersgracht, where the artist has grown up in Delft.

The painting is made in oil on canvas, and it is a relatively small painting, of the size of 54.3cm × w 44cm. This the only known painting made by Johannes Vermeer outdoors and the only one that is correctly attributed to Vermeer.[3]

The painting showing a quiet street, depicting a typical aspect of the life in a Dutch Golden Age village. This painting is considered to be an important work of the Dutch master.[4]

Straight angles alternate with the triangle of the house and of the sky giving the composition a certain vitality. The walls, stones and brickwork are painted in a thick colour, that it makes them almost palpable. The exact location of the scene Vermeer painted is not known, though, a study argued that it is the Voldersgracht or the Nieuwe Langendijk.[5] At present The Vermeer Centre Delft is located here. (52°00′44″N 4°21′34″E / 52.012222°N 4.359444°E / 52.012222; 4.359444 (Het Straatje)).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Little Street by VERMEER". Web Gallery of Art. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Little Street". Rijksmuseum. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "the-little-street". Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "collections". 
  5. ^ "Johannes Vermeer, Delft Artists & Patrons, Delft Blue, Vincent van Gogh, Kees Kaldenbach, holistic massage, art tours". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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