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 – Karel Mander and Frans Hals

Carel or Karel van Mander, was born in Meulebeke in May 1548 and died in Amsterdam on September 11th 1606. He was a painter and writer. Van Mander was a mannerist painter and one of the renaissance painters.   Frans Hals was born in Antwerp around 1583 and died in Haarlem in August 1666. He was […]

Amsterdam’s Painters – Gillis van Coninxloo

Gillis van Coninxloo, was born in Antwerp in 1544 – died in Amsterdam in 1606, and painted landscapes Van Coninxloo was an apprentice of Pieter Coecke van Aelst de Jonge, Lenaert Kroes and Gillis Mostaert. He was a protestant, and after Antwerp fell in 1585 he felt the need to leave town. He first fled to […]

Filled to the rim with grain

In the middle of the 16th century Warmoesstraat, which today is bathed in the light of the red light district, still was Amsterdams mainstreet. Representatives of various important foreign interests resided here. Like for instans Adriaen Pauw, a merchant in the service of the Danish king and Jaspar Craeck, who was the agent of a […]