TU Delft Library

Cities of the North Sea: Antwerp, Amsterdam, London

15 June 2017

Exhibition 16.06.17 - 16.09.17 at the TU Delft Library, Treasury

During the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, Antwerp, Amsterdam, and London became the leading trade centres in Northern Europe because of their position along rivers and their proximity to the North Sea.  

Community pride and urban identity culminated in streets, squares, and monumental buildings. They acted as a dynamic billboard for citizens and visitors alike: they represented what the city (or powerful factions within the citizenry) aimed to represent. These representative qualities were greatly enhanced by the use of the visual arts, which depicted the city’s most important public spaces and representative buildings. Similar illustrations often embellished maps of the city. The visual arts condensed the representative qualities of the cityscape, as well as providing it with a public not necessarily living within the city – as was obviously the case with artistic work which could be reproduced, such as prints.

The collection of prints and rare books of TU Delft Library, Trésorcollection, offers the opportunity to visually compare the three leading trade centres around the North Sea in the early modern period.



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