HEYDEN, Jan van der
(b. 1637, Gorinchem, d. 1712, Amsterdam)
The New Town Hall in Amsterdamafter 1652
Oil on canvas, 73 x 86 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This is the second version of the same subject that he completed shortly after the first painting. (The first is in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.) Here the viewpoint is somewhat further to the right and the perspective is different; the foreshortening of the Town Hall's façade is less pronounced, and the lantern's distortion - too strong in the first version - has been corrected.