CAMPEN, Jacob van
(b. 1596, Haarlem, d. 1657, Amersfoort)

Design for an interior

Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam

Van Campen can be regarded as the most important initiator of classical architecture in Holland. We can see him as someone full of original ideas but lacking the patience to elaborate them in detailed plans for building. Hence only his sketches are extant.

Van Campen's tendency to concentrate on the main principles and to neglect the details is clearly expressed in the present sketch for a wall decoration, probably for one of the transverse walls of a new gallery in BurenCasatle, for which he was brought in by Frederik Hendrik in 1636. The design shows a a rich, princely interior with a door frame and three panels for paintings, framed by festoons and putti.