Jan van der Heyden

View of Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam

868 detail signatuur
868 achterzijde
868 ingelijst
868 voorzijde
868 voorzijde

Jan van der Heyden
View of Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam

1670 Em exibição em Sala 16

Although Jan van der Heyden went down in history as the inventor of the fire engine and the streetlight, he was mainly a painter of Dutch cityscapes. Here, he has recorded the oldest part of Amsterdam: the Oude Kerk, or Old Church, on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal.

Van der Heyden painted the details of the buildings with remarkable precision. The figures that enliven the cityscape were probably added by Adriaen van de Velde, whom Van der Heyden often engaged for such tasks.

Detalhes técnicos
868 voorzijde

Jan van der Heyden
View of Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam

1670 Em exibição em Sala 16

Para cima

Oudezijds Voorburgwal, which links the river Amstel in the south to the IJ in the north, is the oldest but one city canal in Amsterdam. Jan van der Heyden chose to paint one of the most notable areas, the section near Bierkaai and the Oude Kerk. Bierkaai was where barrels of beer were unloaded from ships - foreign beer in this case, most of which was imported from Hamburg. The dominant Oude Kerk, the oldest Gothic hall church in the northern Netherlands, was built in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In 1658 and 1659 the carillon, which is highly visible in the painting, was completely renewed.

Although this city scene was painted from life, Van der Heyden took a few liberties. In reality the bell tower is higher and thinner and the canal is a little narrower. The meticulous detail, in which we can make out the separate bricks in the façades, is characteristic of his style of painting. The numerous little figures that enliven the city scene were probably painted by Adriaen van de Velde (1636-1672), whose services Van der Heyden usually hired for this purpose.

City scenes and landscapes with country houses were Jan van der Heyden’s speciality. Aside from his activities as a painter, he was also an active inventor. In 1668 he devised an ingenious plan for Amsterdam’s street lighting, which would remain in use until 1840. In 1672 he designed a fire engine with hoses, on which production started in 1681.

(this is a reworked version of a text published in in: P. van der Ploeg, Q. Buvelot, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis: A princely collection, The Hague 2005)

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Informações gerais
Jan van der Heyden (Gorinchem 1637 - 1712 Amsterdam)
View of Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam
1670
painting
868
Sala 16
Material e detalhes técnicos
oil
panel
52.3 x 41.4 cm
Inscrições
linksonder, op de boot: VHeiden
VH ineen

Origem

Valerius Röver, Delft, 1713; his widow, Cornelia Röver-van der Dussen, 1739-1750; sold with the Röver Collection to Prince Wilhelm VIII of Hessen, Kassel, 1750; Josephine de Beauharnais, Malmaison, 1806-1815; Tsar Alexander I, St. Petersburg, 1815; Hermitage, St. Petersburg, until 1935; Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam; sold as part of the Mannheimer Collection to the Dienststelle Mühlmann for Adolf Hitler, Führermuseum, Linz, 1940; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (inv. no. NK 3110), 1946; on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1948-1960; transferred, 1960