- Not to be confused with the Delft School of architecture.
The Delft School
is a category of mid-17th century Dutch Baroque genre painting
named after its main base, Delft
. It is best known for images of domestic life, views of households, church interiors, courtyards, squares and the streets of that city. Carel Fabritius
and Nicolaes Maes
are seen as the originators of these localised specialties in the 1640s that were continued in the 1650s by Pieter de Hooch
and Johannes Vermeer
. Vermeer is the most famous of these painters today. The architectural interiors of Gerard Houckgeest
, Emanuel de Witte
and Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet
are also notable contributions. Besides the genres most closely associated with Delft painters, artists in the city continued to produced still life
and history paintings
, portraits for patrons and the court, and decorative pieces of art that reflect more general tendencies in Dutch art of the period.