Jacob van Campen

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Jacob van Campen
BirthplaceHaarlem, Holland, Dutch Republic

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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Ultimately, the architecture of Jacob van Campen, Salomon de Bray, and Pieter Post can be seen to reflect this return to a more strictly classical model, thus ushering in a new age of classicism in Holland.
These commissions represent a climax in the artist's career as a Classicist painter of the first generation and emphasise his close contacts with other painters from Haarlem (such as Jacob van Campen and Pieter de Grebber) and Antwerp.