Van Delen was an early specialist in architectural painting. His works, like this example, usually feature simple single-point perspective views of extremely elaborate fantasy palaces. They are ultimately derived from illustrated text-books on the science of perspective.


  • Title: The Entrance to a Palace
  • Creator Lifespan: 5/1/1604 - 1671
  • Date: 1654
  • Physical Dimensions: w540 x h495 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: Signed and dated, on top step, lower right: 'D. V. DELEN.F. 1654'
  • Artist: van Delen, Dirck
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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