Amsterdam’s painters – Pieter de Hooch

  Self portrait Pieter de Hooch (a.k.a. Pieter de Hoogh, Pieter de Hooghe and Pieter Hendricksz. de Hooch) was baptized in Rotterdam on December 20th 1629 and was buried from Amsterdam’s mental hospital on March 24th 1684. He was a painter and an apprentice of the landscape painter Nicolaes Berchem.   Card players   Initially […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Carel Fabritius

Carel Fabritius was baptized in Middembeemster on February 27th 1622 and died in Delft on October 12th 1654.  Painter He was an apprentice of Rembrandt at the same time as Samuel van Hoogstraten. Rembrandts influence is especially clear in his early works. Much of his work was first attributed to Rembrandt. Later Fabritius liberated himself […]

Amsterdam’s Golden Bend

Herengracht 470 The exterior of the house is largely authentic, but its historical interior is gone. In 1945 something remarkable happened in this house: the forger Han van Meegeren (1889 – 1947) was instructed in this house to proof that he had imitated paintings by Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hoogh. The Golden Bend On the […]

A masterpiece

Today’s assignment: Write about a forgery If you ever go to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, you may stumble over a rather large expressionist painting in red and orange colors that’s claimed to be painted by a famous Dutch artist, who’s name we won’t mention here. It’s hanging next to masterpieces by other Dutch painters […]