2023 is Paul Tetar van Elven’s 200th anniversary year! To kick off the year, we have a new exhibition of family portraits opening on January 6th. More information HERE.
Art History student Jessie Windahl Fransen has written her Masters dissertation about the copies that Tetar van Elven made of Raphael's "Sistine Madonna". Read more HERE.
New - a combi-ticket to visit both museums Paul Tetar van Elven and Lambert van Meerten for a reduced price.
In the centre of Delft, on the Koornmarkt, stands the house of Paul Tetar van Elven (1823-1896). He was an artist, a drawing-master at the Polytechnic School (now the Technical University of Delft) and also a fervent collector of art, antiques, Delft blue pottery and porcelain from the Far East. In his will he left his house and its contents to be turned into a museum. The result is the only well-preserved, authentic example of a 19th century artist’s house in The Netherlands. The interior of the house breathes the presence of the former owner and the era in which he lived. Visitors feel like the artist and his wife are personally welcoming them into their lavishly-furnished drawing room!
In addition to the permanent collection, the Paul Tetar van Elven Museum regularly organises exhibitions and other activities.
2023 is a special year for Delft – a year in which the city is celebrating no less than three of its famous residents: painter Johannes Vermeer, microbiologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and ….. Paul Tetar van Elven. Tetar was born on 13th September 1823 and the museum has a number of activities planned to celebrate his 200th anniversary year.
To mark the official start of the Paul Tetar van Elven year, an exhibition of family portraits is opening on January 6th 2023. The exhibition introduces visitors to Paul and to members of his family. It is abundantly obvious that this was an extremely artistic family! Most of the portraits (paintings, drawings, photographs) belong to the museum’s own collection, but some are now appearing for the first time on public display. Other items have been borrowed for the exhibition – the result of extensive research into the whereabouts of family descendants and family portraits.
More remarkable items from the museum depot will be seeing the light of day during course of the year: for example Paul’s masterful anatomy and nude-model drawings from his student years, and rarely-seen examples from his collection of costumes, prints, weapons and porcelain.
While you are visiting the museum-house of Paul Tetar van Elven, why not also visit the home of his contemporary, Lambert van Meerten? Van Meerten, a successful industrialist, was an avid collector of art and artefacts, as was Tetar van Elven. Van Meerten had an imposing house built for him on the Oude Delft to house his collection of furniture, archeological fragments and Delftware.
A visit to the van Meerten house feels like a visit to its one-time occupants, Lambert and his sister Dina. Sit behind Lambert's desk, and then take a look inside his hidden strong-room. Or, drink a cup of tea in Dina's sitting room and even add a couple of stitches to her embroidery work. In other words, make yourself at home!
The Combi-ticket can be purchased at both museums, or online at the Museumhuis van Meerten website. Address of the van Meerten Museum: Oude Delft 199, 2611 HD Delft.
You can visit the two museums on the same day, or on different days.
Price without museum pass (museumjaarkaart) €14.50 (usual price €17.50). Price with museum pass €6 (usual price €8).