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Vermeer: Searching for clues to an enigmatic artist

17 May 2023

5 days

Journey with us to Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem and Delft as we explore the life of Johannes Vermeer. Clare Ford-Wille leads this tour, which includes an unprecedented display of the artist’s masterpieces at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
  • Explore the Rijksmuseum’s landmark Vermeer exhibition
  • Visit Delft, where Vermeer lived and worked, and see his burial place at Oude Kerk
  • Admire the work of Hals, Caravaggisti and Rembrandt, among others
  • Tour led by expert Clare Ford-Wille
The Dutch, who were expert seafarers and skilled mapmakers, developed a far-flung colonial empire and achieved prosperity unparalleled in the 1600s.This economic Golden Age was matched by an explosion of creativity in art. Of the many great artists that rose to prominence in this period, Johannes (Jan) Vermeer (1632-1675), remains by far the most mysterious. Born in Delft, where he spent the entirety of his relatively short life, on his death he left behind a remarkably small oeuvre of about 35 paintings, which is perhaps the reason that history was so swift to forget him until his eventual ‘rediscovery’ in the 19th century.
In the spring of 2023, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with the Mauritshuis in The Hague, will present the largest retrospective of Vermeer’s work to date, uniting masterpieces on loan from around the world. Perhaps most exciting is the new research both museums are currently undertaking, which will shed new light on Vermeer’s artistry, his compositional motivations and his creative processes. This tour is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk in the footsteps of one of history’s most enigmatic masters and examine the fullest assemblage ever achieved of Vermeer’s exquisite legacy.

Your Accommodation

Carlton Square Hotel, Haarlem

Located in the middle of Haarlem, which has been the historical centre of the Netherlands’ tulip bulb-growing district for centuries, the 4-star Carlton Square Hotel has 124 rooms and is set within walking distance of the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Frans Hals Museum and Grote Markt. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
Deluxe One and Family One rooms are complete with a minibar, coffee and tea facilities, bathrobes and slippers. All rooms feature a small fridge, flat-screen television and free WiFi.