March 26, 1996 |
The inn where Johannes Vermeer was born is long gone, the building replaced by one now with a shuttered computer store. His house and studio were demolished more than a century ago. But Vermeer, the 17th century master, still inhabits the town, much as the town will forever inhabit his work. In Vermeer's "View From Delft," one of his most famous works, the town's orange tile roofs sparkle in the sun; they still do. The harbor could be mistaken for open sea; it still can.