Amsterdams painters – Jan Lievens and Adriaen van Ostade

  A self portrait Jan Lievens was born in Leiden on October 24th 1607 and died in Amsterdam on July 4th 1674. Painter. He became an apprentice when he was eight years old and went to be an apprentice of Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, when he was ten. There he worked together with Rembrandt.   The […]

Keizersgracht 701 & 778 – 790

Keizersgracht 701  Not my picture Just like Herengracht 507 this building was looted under what’s called Aansprekersoproer (the funeral rebellion) in 1696. Here the damage was limited though, and the furniture and other possessions were returned later. Keizersgracht 778 – 790  The houses to the right (not my picture)  Not my picture This beautiful row […]

The house Sweedenrijck

Herengracht number 462 from 1670 is called Sweedenrijck after the man who built it: Guilliam Sweedenrijck. It has not really been changed since then and in 1749 it was sold to the timber merchant Braamcamp. He was an important art collector and when he died in 1771 there were 318 paintings in his collection. 8 […]