In the seventeenth-century, Delft was a hotbed of talent – a city where major innovations were taking place. It was here that Johannes Vermeer became a world-class painter. Unfortunately we don’t know much about Vermeer, we don’t even know who taught him his trade. This richly illustrated publication shows what we do know, and what you can find out in Vermeer’s Delft. Through key figures in Vermeer’s life, we give insights into the artistic, intellectual and social climate of Delft in the seventeenth century. By zooming in on the world and the people around Vermeer, the master painter comes into sharper focus, but the mystery of his genius remains.