The river Amstel and Rembrandt

Twenty-three historical drawings, paintings and prints, lined up on the banks of the Amstel between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel tell the story of the river in relation to its ever-expanding town of Amsterdam. They reveal the river as artists sa wit between 1600 and 1960. The route starts at the very heart of … Read more » “The river Amstel and Rembrandt”

Knokke-Heist en de Kunst

De badplaats Knokke-Heist in West-Vlaanderen (België) is een stad van en voor de kunst. Achter het (kunstmatig) aangelegde brede strand en de boulevard verbergt zich een prachtige villawijk met Engelse, Vlaamse, Franse en diverse andere architectuur. De onlangs overleden burgemeester Graaf Leopold Lippens (1941-2021) heeft decennia deze badplaats gekoesterd. Vanaf Den Helder tot aan de … Read more » “Knokke-Heist en de Kunst”

The Hanseatic City of Zwolle

The city of Zwolle was granted city rights by Bishop Willebrand van Oldenburg of Utrecht in 1230. The town grew to a city of significance., largely because of its location on trading routes and waterways. Zwolle joined the Hanseatic League in 1407 and soon experienced a Golden Age and a rich eccliasiastical and cultural future. … Read more » “The Hanseatic City of Zwolle”

The Soul of Europe

Plalza de España in Cadiz. The monument commemorates the liberal and modern constitution adpoted by the Spanish Cortes on March 12, 1812. Though the constitution was in effect for only two years, it did prove helpful and served as an example for many other constitutions.

Karl Heinrich Ludwig Pölitz, a German scholar, published the ‘Constitutions of the European States during the preceding 25 years’  in 1825 (Constitutionen der europäischen Staaten seit den letzten 25 Jahren in the original German text). The first edition consisted of 4 volumes and 340 documents, to be enlarged and updated in 1833. The timing was … Read more » “The Soul of Europe”

A French Immigrant in New York

The most American of Americans, Liberty, was herself an immigrant from France. Parisians, watching the statue’s construction in the city in the 1880’s, proclaimed it was the eighth marvel of the world, even bigger than the colossus of Rhodus. The statue was an initiative of a group of French intellectuals, protesting what they saw as … Read more » “A French Immigrant in New York”