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Egbert van der Poel's painting of a hugely significant event in the history of Delft has captured the imagination of many writers. Find out how Al-Ani came to know the painting and the story behind the inspiration she found.

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About the artist

Jananne Al-Ani is an artist, researcher and lecturer working with photography, film and video. She is interested in the power of testimony and the documentary tradition, from intimate recollections of absence and loss to official accounts of historic events. She studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at the Towner, Eastbourne; Hayward Gallery Project Space, London; Beirut Art Center, Beirut; Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington DC and Art Now: Tate Britain, London. Al-Ani is Reader in Photography and Moving Image and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts London.

About the painting

Zoom in and learn more about Egbert van der Poel's View of Delft after the Explosion of 1654 

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