(b. 1542, Anwerpen, d. 1601, Wien)
Views of Amersfoort were made either looking at the city from the northwest or from the south. The presence of the Amersfoortse Berg [Amersfoort Hill] to the south of the city explains the popularity of that angle, since it provided artists with a natural elevation and afforded a striking panorama. Adam Frans van der Meulen, for instance, drew Amersfoort from the Berg in 1672. However, the oldest known view of the city the print in Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum (1588), shown in this reproduction is from the northwest, along the Eem. This angle must have been more difficult than the southern one since there are no high elevations on that side. That a tradition of views from this angle ever developed can perhaps be attributed to the Eem's economic importance to the city.