Amsterdam’s Churches – Westerkerk

The churches and chapels that were taken over from the Catholics after the Alteratie were not enough for the fast-growing city. There was a need for new churches in the new parts of town and those churches had to be specifically adapted to the Protestants.     Westerkerk seen from Raadhuisstraat Westerkerk The Netherlands most important […]

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, […]