The river Amstel and Rembrandt

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel; Photo: TES.

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 Amsterdam, on the spot where its town walls were built in the 15th century. On the images, industrial mills and wharves rub shoulders with inns and country estates. Also Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) an his pupils enjoyed a stroll there, recording local scenery.

The route ends is the Sephardic-Jewish cemetery Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.

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