Amsterdam’s churches – Zuiderkerk

Zuiderkerk was designed by Hendrick de Keyser and built as a Protestant church between 1603 and 1611. The church tower was only finished in 1614. Hendrick de Keyser was also buried her and in 1921 a memorial stone was placed on his tomb. The bells in the tower were in 1656 made by the brothers […]

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 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 […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Gerrit Dou

Gerrit Dou was born in Leiden on April 7th 1613 and died in Leiden on February 9th 1675. Painter   Self portrait, around 1631 To begin with Dou was an apprentice of his father, who was a glass painter. After that he was an apprentice of the glass painter Pieter Couwenhorn. Then he was Rembrandts […]

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 210

  No. 210 is the red one in the middle This house from the early 18th Century is called De Tulp and was built by Claes Pietersz from Amsterdam. He later changed his name into Nicolaes Tulp. Tulp was a member of the municipal authorities for 52 years and was a strict mayor during four […]

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 […]

De Waag at Nieuwmarkt

De Waag is a building from the 15th century on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. It’s the city’s oldest non-religious building and was originally a city gate and part of the medieval city wall along the canals Singel, Kloveniersburgwal and Geldersekade, which was constructed between 1481 and 1494. When it was a city gate its name […]