Amsterdam Canal Houses tells the story of four centuries of life on Amsterdam’s canals. In the 17th century these magnificent edifices were erected by the wealthiest merchants and patricians. In later centuries, they were home to their descendants or newcomers to the canals who renovated them. In over 400 pages, the doors of these urban palaces are opened. Over thirty houses are displayed in all their splendour; interiors of unparalleled opulence that few have ever seen. Meet the people who live here, who have succeeded in restoring and conserving historic interiors that are among the finest in the Netherlands.
This is the first book that depicts the Amsterdam Canal Houses and their residents in an artistic and characteristic manner. The book shows more than 30 majestic canal homes in over 400 pages and 350 photos. Interiors of unprecedented wealth and many historic treasures. The book is published bilingual in English and Dutch.
The late Eberhard van der Laan, former mayor of Amsterdam, wrote in his foreword: Enjoy the surprises that this unique book offers, and let your imagination wander as you peruse Arjan Bronkhorst’s superb photos. His inspiration for this book has been his passion for the houses on the canals, and he has worked for over a year on the series. The result is unprecedented: the first artistic book devoted exclusively to Amsterdam’s canal houses. His photography style is timeless and full of character and his pictures sublimely tranquil. He has managed like few have ever done before over the last four centuries to convey a sense of life on the canals!
Arjan Bronkhorst worked on the project for almost two years. The most impressive palazzi are included in his photos, as well as characteristic private homes. Some of these houses were never published before. The residents of the houses appear in this book through intriguing portraits and personal stories.
The texts are written by Marc van den Eerenbeemt - de Volkskrant - and art historian Koos de Wilt - author of Rembrandt Inc. Introduction by Gabri van Tussenbroek - author of Amsterdam in 1597 .
Grachtenhuizen / Amsterdam Canal Houses
ISBN 978 90 821354 0 4
Hardback with dust cover, 24x30 cm, 416 pages, 350 photos, English/Dutch, € 49.50
Grachtenhuizen - LIMITED EDITION
ISBN 978 90 821354 1 1
Hardback with dust cover, 24x30 cm, 416 pages, 350 photos, English/Dutch, € 89.50
Book is wrapped in a luxurious slipcase, inclusive of a signed and limited photo print of 150 copies.
The book can be ordered in bookshops in The Netherlands or online at the webshop of Lectura Cultura Books.