SAENREDAM, Pieter Jansz
(b. 1597, Assendelft, d. 1665, Haarlem)
The Town Hall at Haarlem with the Entry of Prince Maurits to Replace the Governers in 1618c. 1631
Oil on oak panel, 40 x 50 cm
Saenredam's present view depicts the old medieval Town Hall, including the storks' nests on the wooden structures placed for them on the ridge of the roof. The event depicted here took place during the latter stages of the Twelve Years Truce with the Spanish, when the nascent Dutch Republic was riven with internal political and religious strife.
The concept and most of the execution of this painting are entirely that of Saenredam, the staffage figures and horses are by Pieter Post.