— 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 painted 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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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.