A report on Amsterdam and Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt The Night Watch (1642)
Fishing for Souls, allegory of the Protestant-Catholic struggle
The Oude Kerk was consecrated in 1306 AD.
A river landscape with fishermen in rowing boats, windmills beyond, 1679
Amsterdam citizens celebrating the Peace of Münster, 30 January 1648. Painting by Bartholomeus van der Helst
Syndics of the Drapers' Guild by Rembrandt, depicting wealthy Amsterdam burghers.
Courtyard of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by Emanuel de Witte, 1653. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange to introduce continuous trade in the early 17th century.
The Dutch had the largest merchant fleet in Europe in the 17th century
View of Vijzelstraat looking towards the Muntplein, 1891
The Trip brothers, arms traders, built the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam, currently the seat of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is a typical example of 17th-century architecture.
Photochrom of Amsterdam's Dam Square at the beginning of the 20th century
Canal in Leiden
The rebuilt Magere Brug, around 1938.
A family portrait, second half of the 17th century
People celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II on 8 May 1945
The Dancing Couple, by Jan Steen, 1663
The 17th-century Canals of Amsterdam were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010, contributing to Amsterdam's fame as the "Venice of the North". Along with De Wallen, the canals are the focal-point for tourists in the city.
Interior of the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, c. 1664
Satellite picture of Amsterdam and North Sea Canal
Astronomer, by Gerrit Dou, c. 1650
Topographic map of Amsterdam
Portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek by Jan Verkolje.
Large-scale map of the city centre of Amsterdam, including sightseeing markers,.
Osias Beert the Elder, Dishes with Oysters, Fruit, Candy and Wine, c. 1620/1625
Nieuwendammerdijk en Buiksloterdijk, Amsterdam-Noord, winter 2010
Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Westerkerk in the Centrum borough, one of Amsterdam's best-known churches
The Kaaswaag (Cheese Weigh House) in Gouda, finished in 1667, was designed by architect Pieter Post (1608–1669), as was the Waag in Leiden.
A 1538 painting by Cornelis Anthonisz showing a bird's-eye view of Amsterdam. The famous Grachtengordel had not yet been established.
Rokin – November 1977
The Egelantiersgracht lies west of the Grachtengordel, in the Jordaan neighbourhood.
The Scheepvaarthuis, by architects Johan van der Mey, Michel de Klerk, Piet Kramer is characteristic of the architecture of the Amsterdam School.
The Begijnhof is one of the oldest hofjes in Amsterdam.
The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, two examples of 21st-century architecture in the centre of the city
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world
The Zuidas, the city's main business district
Boats give tours of the city, such as this one in front of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
De Wallen, Amsterdam's Red-light district, offers activities such as legal prostitution and a number of coffee shops that sell cannabis. It is one of the main tourist attractions.
An Amsterdammer waits for a traffic light to change at the Muntplein in the heart of Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum houses Rembrandt's The Night Watch.
The Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and letters.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
Rembrandt monument on Rembrandtplein
Coldplay performing at the Amsterdam Arena, 2016
The Concertgebouw or Royal Concert Hall houses performances of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and other musical events.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam's best-known theatre
One of the decorated boats participating in the 2013 Canal Parade of the Amsterdam Gay Pride
AFC Ajax player Johan Cruyff, 1967
Femke Halsema has been the Mayor of Amsterdam since 2018.
Boroughs of Amsterdam
Police headquarters of Amsterdam
King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix, and Queen Máxima greeting Amsterdammers from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam during Willem-Alexanders inauguration in 2013
A tram crossing the Keizersgracht
The Amsterdam Metro is a mixed subway and above ground rapid transit system consisting of five lines.
Amsterdam Centraal station, the city's main train station
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ranks as Europe's third-busiest airport for passenger traffic.
Police bicyclist crossing a bridge over the Prinsengracht
Bicyclist at Amsterdam
The Agnietenkapel Gate at the University of Amsterdam, founded in 1632 as the Athenaeum Illustre

Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, and became the leading centre for the finance and trade sectors.

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Many of those moving north settled in Amsterdam, transforming what was a small harbor into one of the most important ports and commercial centres in the world by 1630.

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Jacob van Campen in his book Images of the City Hall of Amsterdam in 30 engravings, 1665.

Jacob van Campen

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Jacob van Campen in his book Images of the City Hall of Amsterdam in 30 engravings, 1665.
The Paleis Noordeinde
The "Nieuwe Kerk" in Haarlem

Jacob van Campen (2 February 1596 - 13 September 1657) was a Dutch artist and architect of the Golden Age.

Van Campen's first known building was the Coymans house built in 1625 in Amsterdam.

Vondel in 1665

Joost van den Vondel

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Dutch author of Christian poetry and verse dramas.

Dutch author of Christian poetry and verse dramas.

Vondel in 1665
Joost van den Vondel: Palamedes oft vermoorde onnooselheit
Portrait of Joost van den Vondel by Cornelis de Visscher, 1657

Despite this, Vondel's plays were often condemned from the pulpits by the ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church and banned by Government censorship during the 17th century Dutch Golden Age.

The Vondel family was left adrift and lived at Frankfurt am Main, Bremen, Emden, and Utrecht, before eventually settling at Amsterdam in the newly formed Dutch Republic.

Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede (c. undefined 1670)

Jacob van Ruisdael

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Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher.

Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher.

Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede (c. undefined 1670)
Dune Landscape (1646)
View of Naarden with the Church at Muiderberg in the Distance (1647)
The Jewish Cemetery (c. undefined 1654–55)
View of Haarlem with Bleaching Fields (c. undefined 1665)
Signature on Landscape with Waterfall in the 1660s
Waterfall in a Mountainous Landscape with a Ruined Castle (c. undefined 1665–1670)
Dunes by the Sea (1648)
Winter Landscape with a Watermill (c. undefined 1660s)

He is generally considered the pre-eminent landscape painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a period of great wealth and cultural achievement when Dutch painting became highly popular.

In his late work, conducted when he lived and worked in Amsterdam, he added city panoramas and seascapes to his regular repertoire.