SAENREDAM, Pieter Jansz
(b. 1597, Assendelft, d. 1665, Haarlem)

The Old Town Hall in Amsterdam

Oil on panel, 65 x 85 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Genre painting in Holland embraced all areas of life: scenes from daily life, domestic interiors, still-lifes, seascapes, landscapes, architectural views and urban scenes. The Dutch were proud of their nation and its many different faces, and genre paintings were in great demand amongst the middle and upper classes. Like many artists, Saenredam chose to specialize - in his case, in paintings of architecture ranging from urban views and famous buildings to church interiors.