How the Dutch speak

I realize that I’ve been rambling on about Amsterdam for more than 5 month now, so maybe it’s time to wrap it up and start writing about something else, but before I do that I would like to write just a tiny little bit about the Dutch language. Historically the name Nederlande (which means low […]

Amsterdam’s history – Alteratie

Alteratie  Oude Kerk in spring Alteratie denotes the change that happened in Amsterdam on May 26th 1578 when the city government went into the hands of the prince-minded Protestants. The Roman Catholic city government, which was loyal to the Spanish king Filip II, had long held out, but had eventually to suffer the indignity of […]

Dutch painters – Vincent Willem van Gogh

 Photo from January 1886 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert in the Netherlands and died on July 29th 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in France.   Van Goghs most famous early work: The potato eaters During his short life he moved many times between the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France and […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Jan van der Heyden

Jan van der Heydenwas born in Gorinchem on March 5th 1637 and died in Amsterdam on September 12th 1712. He was a painter and inventor.   The inscription says: Jan van der Heiden – The inventor of the firehose In olden days there was very little or no street lighting and in 1505 a new […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Nicolaes Maes

Nicolaes Maes was born in Dordrecht in January 1634 and was buried in Amsterdam on December 24th 1693. He was a painter and painted mostly genre pieces and portraits.   Young woman peeling apples (1655) Maes moved to Amsterdam around 1650, when he became an apprentice of Rembrandt. As was the case for many of […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Willem van Aelst

Willem van Aelst was born inDelft in 1625 or 1626 and died in Amsterdam around 1683. He was a painter and painted still life. Willem van Aelst was the son of a lawyer from Delft. He was taught to paint by his uncle Evert van Aelst, who painted still life. From 1645 till 1649 Willem […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem

Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem was born inHaarlem on October 1rst1620 and died in Amsterdam on February 18th1683. He was a painter of Italian pastoral landscapes. Nicolaes Berchem was the son of still life painter Pieter Claesz. He is said to have been trained by his father and by Jan van Goyen, Nicolaes Moeyaert, Pieter de Grebber, […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Ferdinand Bol

Ferdinand Bol was born in Dordrecht on June 24th 1616 and died in Amsterdam on August 24th 1680. He was a painter, etcher and drawer. His works belong to the Baroque period and he was one of the old Dutch masters.   Self portrait Bol painted portraits and historical and biblical paintings.  He became an apprentice […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Govert Flinck

Govert Flinck was born on January 25th 1615 and died in Amsterdam on February 2nd 1660. Painter.   Self portrait at age 24 Flinck was an apprentice of Rembrandt, and several of Flinck’s paintings were sold as Rembrandt’s paintings.   Rembradt as a shepherd Flinck was already a famous painter when he was alive, and […]