Vermeer On The Vecht

Breukelen, The Netherlands

Oudaen Castle experienced many transformations over the centuries, as evidenced by the three clear layers of construction in the building façades. However, a drawing by Roelant Roghman from 1647 proves that the architecture of the knightly manse has hardly changed since then. Still lives and vistas reminiscent of Vermeer are around every corner. Even his signature palette of colours – luminescent blue, pastel yellow and whitish-grey – are reflected in the home. Wherever possible, the beams have been painted in oxblood red: a colour used since the Middle Ages to paint ceilings, shutters, doors, and frames. Walls or niches that had to be replastered were deliberately given an uneven surface. The challenge for Gert Voorjans wasto incorporate a contemporary intervention into a building so drenched in history, while still doing justice to its historical significance. Voorjans left his mark in discreet and authentic ways, as though the house had always been decorated as it is now.

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