Adriaan Dortsman, The Ideal Canal

In the fully restored coach house Museum van Loon shows the history of the 17th century building. Although the house currently has an 18th century appearance much is still to be illustrated on the original interiors from the Golden Age. Museum van Loon, February 8 - June 9, 2013.


Dortsman is responsible for the design of numerous canal buildings in Amsterdam including the famous circular Lutheran Church on the Singel, the Sixhuis on the Amstel, Maison Descartes on the Vijzelgracht, the Oosterkerk on the Wittenburgergracht (where Dortsman is buried) and of course Museum Van Loon on the Keizersgracht.
Dortsman’s buildings with their beautiful sober style are exemplary for the Dutch Classicist style.
The exhibition shows his designs and his commissions by means of paintings (amongst whom Gerrit Berckheyde), drawings, photographs and maps. After nearly 400 years the Adriaan Dortsman œuvre revives again.

Besides the exhibition in the coach house, which was also designed by Dortsman, the visitor can track remnants and traces of Dortsman throughout the museum itself.
Alongside the exhibition a canal walk along buildings by Adriaan Dortsman and his colleague Philip Vingboons has been developed in cooperation with The Canalhouse,

The exhibition is organized to celebrate 400 years of Amsterdam Canals and has been made possible by a contribution of the City of Amsterdam.

A splendid house

In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age.

In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house is nowhere else to be seen. If you want a glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world famous canals, a visit to Museum Van Loon is definitely worth your while.
Organisation: Museum van Loon
Location: Keizersgracht 672
Date and time: February 8 - June 9, 2013
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