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Pieter Saenredam

The old town hall at Dam Square in Amsterdam, 1657 gedateerd
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv./cat.nr. SK-C-1409
Object information
Object category
painting
Physical connection
Reference in ‘composite artworks’: artworks that are/were connected, such as alterpieces, decorative pieces incorporated in panelling, and works of art that were intended to be displayed together, such as pendants and series.
in the room of the burgomaster in Amsterdam as pendant pieces (Hofstede de Groot 1893)
Support/medium
panel, oil paint
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (landscape format) 65,5 x 84,5 cm
Signature/inscription
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • signed and dated right: Pieter Saenredam, Heeft dit eerst naer 't Leeven Geteeckent, met al sijn Coleuren int Jaer 1641 en dit Geschildert, int jaer 1657.
    on the awnings
  • inscription lower center: Dit is het oude Raethuijs der stadt Amsterdam, welck afbrande int jaer 1651 den 7 julij, in 3 uren tyt sonder meer
    In reality, the fire took place exactly a year later, on July 7, 1652.
Current attribution
Pieter Saenredam
Date
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
dated 1657 (1657)
The old city hall of Amsterdam was destroyed by fire on July 7, 1652. Saenredam based his painting on a drawing he had already made in 1641.
Created in
Haarlem probably painted in Haarlem
Artistically related
Artistically related to other work
Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
Provenance
Exhibitions and literature
Visual documentation
Technical documentation
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External links
Darnell 2016
Creation date: 2012-03-04; Last modified date: 2021-09-11

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