A map, Novissima et accuratissima XVII Provinciarum Germaniae
Inferioris Delineatio, appears in Jan Vermeer's (1632-1675) The Art of
Painting. It is the largest of all the wall maps
painted by Vermeer, and was completed about 1667. It hangs with north
to the right and with text and pictures of 20 towns and courts from
the Seventeen Provinces. It was also used in paintings by Nicholas Maes
Listening Housewife, and Jacob Ochtervelt (1634-1682), Purchasing Grapes.
The map was made before 1655 and was unknown until it
was discovered by Albert Flocon in the Bibliothéque National, Paris in
1962. The map, engraved on nine sheets, was published by the son of
Visscher (1586-1652) the elder, Claes Jansz Visscher (1618-1679), who customarily referred to
himself as Nicholas Piscator.