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Art History Detective Uncovers the Real Location From a Famous Vermeer Painting

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The amount of research that went into figuring out the exact real life location of Johannes Vermeer's 1657 painting "Het Straatje" ("The Little Street") is almost as impressive as the painting itself—Frans Grijzenhout, an art history professor at the University of Amsterdam, analyzed a 1667 ledger of the dredging of the canals in the Dutch town of Delft (where the painting was created), and, using property tax calculations that listed the heights and widths of the buildings, was able to pinpoint the exact location. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is currently showing an exhibition based on Grijzenhout's work.
· An Expert Has Figured Out the Real-Life Location of Vermeer's "Little Street" Painting [Smithsonian]