1 June - 6 September 2010. Through a selection of paintings, prints and maps, the Rijksmuseum celebrates the city's canals which were synonymous with the massive growth of 17th-century Amsterdam.
Trade at the end of the 16th century grew in a spectacular fashion and between 1610 and 1620 the city doubled in size. Maps of the canal belt by Daniel Stalpaert chart the expansion agreed upon in 1662, while six magnificent paintings by Gerrit Berckheyde of the Gouden Bocht (golden bend) on the Herengracht Canal in the city's richest quarter are among the highlights of the exhibition.
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Amsterdam’s canal belt: the expansion of Amsterdam in the Golden Age
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