Amsterdam’s churches – Dominicuskerk

Dominicuskerk The Dominicuskerk is a Neo-Gothic church on Spuistraat and was between 1882 – 1893 built as a Roman Catholic Church by Pierre Cuypers, who amongst many other things also build Amsterdam’s Centraal Station and Rijksmuseum.   The original plans included a very high tower (93 m), but in the end the church got no […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Willem van Aelst

Willem van Aelst was born inDelft in 1625 or 1626 and died in Amsterdam around 1683. He was a painter and painted still life. Willem van Aelst was the son of a lawyer from Delft. He was taught to paint by his uncle Evert van Aelst, who painted still life. From 1645 till 1649 Willem […]

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 – 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 […]

Keizersgracht 444-446 & 611

Van der Hoop Keizersgracht 444-446 came into the Scottish family Hopes possession in 1758. The Hope family owned a trading house in Amsterdam, which in 1769 had a turnover of 55 million gulden! In 1822 the house was taken over by Adriaan van der Hoop. He started a large art collection in the house and […]

Keizersgracht 317

 No. 317 is the brown house to the left of the white house There is some debate about what year this house was built and when it came into possession of a gentleman named Christoffel Brants.  Christoffel Brants (not my picture) He had close relations with Russia and Tsar Peter the Great, who once came […]

Art returned to Amsterdam

While the more affluent among the locals build palaces for themselves in the area south of the Rijksmuseum, and the Vondelpark was laid out in English landscape style to give the rich the appropriate background for their stroll on Sunday afternoons, others looked with horror at the poorer urban districts and their overcrowded and poor […]