Friday, November 25, 2011

Compe, Jan ten

Delft: A View of the Town Hall Seen from the Grote Markt
Oil on panel
29 x 37 cm
Private collection

Dutch painter
Compe, Jan ten (1713 - 1761)
One of the best topographical artists of his generation, he worked in a detailed, controlled and elegant manner.
He painted mostly topographically accurate views, with its impressive town hall building dominating the scene.
The town hall in Delft, as seen in this painting, and which still stands today, is positioned on the Grote Markt opposite the Nieuwe Kerk. It was built in 1620 by the famous architect Hendrick de Keijser (1565-1621).