Painter, teacher, drawer and a true art lover who wanted to share his love for it: this is the reason Paul Tetar van Elven (1823- 1896) made sure his house became a museum. “Not just to show off his wealth and his own paintings, but to give the inhabitants of Delft a place where they could appreciate art,” tells Alexandra Oostdijk, director of the museum. “In the museum you can experience how a 19th-century artist lived and worked.” Born into an artistic family, Paul Tetar became an academic painter who also copied the works of Rembrandt, Raphaël and many other Old Masters.