Campen, Jacob Van

Campen, Jacob van

Dutch Classical architect who introduced a version of the Palladian style into Holland, which became very popular. Works include the Town Hall, Amsterdam.

Campen, Jacob Van


Born Feb. 2, 1595, in Haarlem; died Sept. 13, 1657, in Randenbroek, near Amersfoort. Dutch architect.

Van Campen, the son of a landowner, apparently received artistic training in Italy (1615–21), where he studied the work of Palladio. From 1621 to 1630 he worked in Haarlem. His work is representative of 17th-century Dutch classicism. Van Campen developed an imposing, restrained, and somewhat cold style. His major works included the small Mauritshuis in The Hague (in collaboration with P. Post, 1633–35) and the Town Hall in Amsterdam (now the Royal Palace, 1648–55). The Town Hall is characterized by clearly delineated architectural elements. It has a domed rotunda and a four-story vaulted Burgher Hall.


Swillens, P. T. A. Jacob van Campen. Assen, 1961.
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