We entered the second week of our Art Blogmas here at the Culture Tourist. And, today I have a true gem for you: Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk and his The Raampoortje in Amsterdam.

Art Blogmas 2020

With the fairytale gabled houses and so many canals, Amsterdam has a perfect setting for a magical winter. But, sadly, winters are not as cold as they used to be in the Dutch capital. That’s why The Raampoortje in Amsterdam painted by Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk provides a perfect peek into winter in Amsterdam.

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Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk: The Raampoortje in Amsterdam

Although on the first glance, this painting may seem older than it is, it was actually made at the beginning of the 19th century, in 1809. Depicted are the old ramparts and the city gates. Both of them don’t exist anymore in Amsterdam.

However, some of Amsterdam’s landmarks could be recognised on this painting. The tower on the right-hand side of the picture is the Westertoren. It belongs to one of the most important churches in the city – Westerkerk. It’s a place where famous painter, Rembrandt van Rijn was buried. And the ringing of its bells was described in the Anne Frank’s Diary.

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The painter is also capturing winter in Amsterdam perfectly. From the gloomy sky to the frozen canals, all of that is so typical for the Dutch capital.

In a manner of the Dutch Golden Age painters from the 17th century, a painter is including some humour on the painting, as well. There is a man urinating just next to the city gates. A lady close to him looks as she’s waiting for him to finish his business. Well, it seems like just the other every-day-life scene from Amsterdam.

This painting is displayed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. To see more of the artworks from it, watch my video below:

If you don’t want to miss other paintings I’m going to share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30. Or, follow along on Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.