Jan Van Der Heyden Peter C. Sutton

Publication date:
26 Sep 2006
256 pages: 311 x 261 x 28mm

A remarkably versatile man, Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) was the preeminent painter of cityscapes in the Netherlands and the first artist to capture all the beauty of the urban scene. Notwithstanding his achievements as an artist, Van der Heyden was even more famous in his own time as an inventor and engineer: he invented firefighting equipment that set the standard throughout Europe for two centuries, and he perfected the streetlamp. This is the first book in English devoted to Van der Heyden. It includes recent discoveries about his fascinating life and offers an introduction to his ravishing art. The book includes a general discussion of Van der Heyden's work, entries on 40 of his paintings, illustrations of about 100 of his paintings, as well as supplemental drawings and prints. Focusing mainly on the bustling city of Amsterdam, he also recorded other Dutch, Flemish, and German cities with a brilliant palette and exceptionally detailed technique. Often innovative in his composition, he was the first artist to create imaginary scenes by rearranging existing city views and known buildings.

Peter C. Sutton is executive director of the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, and the author of Drawn By the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, published by Yale University Press.

"Another gem from Yale, illustrating around 100 of van der Heyden's paintings - the beautiful views of Dutch towns, cities and urban scenes. The first book in English devoted to this master painter." —

"Now Peter Sutton, director of the Bruce Museum but best known for his extended study of Pieter de Hooch, focuses his own light on van der Heyden, combining his talents with the teamwork of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Sutton's lengthy essay, ranging from life and art to optics and perspective and personal inventions, provides the fullest discussion ever of van der Heyden." —Larry Silver, The Art BookPublishing News

"Peter Sutton’s Jan van der Heyden is the only thorough study on this artist published in English so far, and therefore a welcome addition to the historiography of Dutch art." —Jephta Dullaart, Art History