Amstel and IJ | Amsterdam and I

After many years of not exhibiting, I decided to share some of the work that I have done in the past 10 years. The theme is Amsterdam, city which has fully seduced me with its magnificent history, still visible in the map and architecture.

A series on the early city walls depicts the city as it changed in the 1500s and into the 1600s. A wonderful book by Bouderwijn Bakker and Erik Schmitz about The Sight of Amsterdam: panoramas, maps and profiles from the Golden Age has served as rich inspiration. One map by Nicolaes Visscher from 1664 shows the growing city as well as the many churches and buildings of the period. You can find some images in the papers by Erik Schmitz here. Below a map showing the city changing at the turn of the 1500-1600s. You can see my rendering of the city at the Love Story: Amstel and IJ series.

The city has a church for each cardinal point, so that there is a Noorderkerk, a Zuiderkerk, a Westerkerk (not painted), and Oosterkerk. Below the the North and East. See all the churches in the Church and the City.

I also painted the Montelbaanstoren and the oldest standing church, called Old Church or Oude Kerk. Though little is visible from the original 1200 wooden chapel, the current stone building from 1300s is just gorgeous, even with all the adaptations throughout the years. The Oude Kerk served as city archive, where a vault with two keys safeguard the most important documents of the city. The original wooden vault is currently exhibited at the Amsterdam City Archives.

The exhibit took place from 7 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 at Connie Bos | A Foundation for Public Art in Zwanenburgwal 178 in Amsterdam. Opening festivities included presentations by Erik Schmitz and by Bert Spaan, as well as live music by Two Hearts Bleeding.

If you want to play with the maps Bert Spaan presented, here a few links:


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I am a researcher on the historic and economic aspects of digital heritage. On my free time I paint.

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