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Pieter Jansz. Saenredam

Assendelft 1597 - 1665 Haarlem
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Pieter Jansz. Saenredam was the first painter to focus on the accurate topographical depiction of architectural subjects.

Saenredam’s vision was a significant development from the fanciful inventions painted half a century earlier by artists such as Hendrik van Steenwijck the Elder (ca. 1550–1603). Among the sites depicted in the sixty or so known works in his painted oeuvre, Saenredam frequently featured the Cathedral of St. Bavo (the ‘Grote Kerk’) in Haarlem, where he was to be buried. He also ventured out of Haarlem, where he spent most of his life, to paint churches in other Dutch cities such as Utrecht, Amsterdam and his birthplace Assendelft.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

1,856,000 $
3,010,000 $
5,868,797 $


The sales are: Bonhams London – 8 December 2010 lot 61 (catalogued as ‘studio of Pieter Janz Saenredam’), Sotheby’s New York – 28 January 2016 lot 48, and Christie’s London – 3 July 2012 lot 14 (3,737,250 GBP).
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Notable exhibitions

Utrecht, Centraal Museum, The Sacred Spaces of Pieter Saenredam, 4 November 2000 – 4 February 2001; travelled to Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 16 April – 7 July 2002. Curated by Liesbeth M. Helmus.

Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Perspectives: Saenredam and the Architectural Painters of the 17th Century, 15 September – 24 November 1991. Curated by Jeroen Giltaij and Guido Jansen.

Paris, Institut Néerlandais, Saenredam, 1597-1665. Peintre des églises, 31 January – 15 March 1970.



Books on Pieter Saenredam

Liesbeth M. Helmus ed., Peter Saenredam, the Utrecht work : paintings and drawings by the 17th-century master of perspective, Los Angeles, 2002.

Jeroen Giltaij and Guido Jansen, Perspectives. Saenredam and the architectural painters of the 17th century, exh. cat. Rotterdam, 1991.

Gary Schwartz and Marten Jan Bok, Pieter Saenredam. The painter and his time, English trans., London, 1990.

Saenredam, 1597-1665. Peintre des églises, exh. cat., Paris, 1970.

Cornelis de Bie, Het Gulden Cabinet vande Edel Vry Schilder-Const, 1662, reprint, Antwerp, 1971.

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