The 'Golden Bend' in the Herengracht, Seen from the East

Gerrit Berckheyde1671 - 1672


Amsterdam, Netherlands

This painting by the 17th-century painter Gerrit Berckheyde is one of the finest examples of Dutch city views. It shows the most expensive piece of real estate on Amsterdam’s canals, known for centuries as the 'Golden Bend'. The painting provides a fascinating portrait of one of the most successful building projects of the 17th century. The bright colours and the sharp contrast between the shaded, newly erected urban palaces and the sun-soaked blank walls adjacent to the yet unbuilt sites lend the 'Golden Bend' (1671-72) a serene, timeless, almost modern, abstract quality. Apart from the detail, the painting also has a remarkable narrative quality,
making it particularly interesting from both a historical and an art-historical perspective.


  • Title: The 'Golden Bend' in the Herengracht, Seen from the East
  • Creator: Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde
  • Creator Death Place: Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: 1671 - 1672
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: Probably in the collection of paintings belonging to Sir William Cuthbert Quilter (1841-1911), Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk; John Quilter, Chelsea Square, London / Dock House, Ramsholt, Suffolk, 1966; Gooden & Fox, London; private collection Great Britain, Sotheby's, London, 10 July 2002, lot 42 to Richard Green, 2002, to Louis J.K.J. Reijtenbagh, Brasschaat. Acquisition made possible with support from Royal Dutch Shell, Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, the BankGiro Loterij and the Rijksmuseum Fonds
  • Physical Dimensions: w579 x h425 mm
  • Original Title: Gezicht op de Herengracht in Amsterdam, vanaf de Vijzelstraat
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on panel

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