365 Days of Art: October 12 – Gunpowder Blast Kills Carel Fabritius

Carel Fabritius, View of Delft, 1652

Carel Fabritius, View of Delft, 1652

October 12, 1654

The city of Delft’s gunpowder reserves, which are being stored in a former convent, explode; the blast kills somewhere between 500-1000, including painter Carel Fabritius (a student of Rembrandt).