View of Amsterdam
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This small panel painting represents the city life near the pier in Amsterdam of the 17th century. The dominant feature of the architectural landscape is the Montelbaanstoren, built in 1512 to protect the city. It was extremely popular among Dutch artists of the 17th century. In the foreground, a man trasports barrels along the Oudeschans canal, and behind him, in distance, boats. On the street, in front of the houses, appears scene of the everyday life of Amsterdam burghers. The figures, usually, were painted after the painting was finished by other masters.