In the 18th-19th centuries, paintings by Peter de Hoch were valued higher than the works of Jan Vermeer. The signature of the former was even sometimes put on the works of the latter in order to raise their value. However, after Vermeer's “rediscovery” in the 1860s, Peter de Hoch’s popularity declined markedly, and now he again has to win a wide audience. The Prinsenhof Museum in Delft decided to contribute to strengthening the fame of the Dutch master and organized his first retrospective entitled “Peter de Hoch. From the shadow of Vermeer".
The exhibition is dedicated to the paintings that Peter de Hoch created in Delft from about 1652 to 1660. “His most beautiful courtyards and interiors are returning to the city, where they were painted almost 400 years ago,” the curators emphasize.