The Great Market in Haarlem with the Church of St Bavo, seen from the west
Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
The Main Market Square (Grote Markt) in Haarlem, with the St. Bavo Church must have been a great source of inspiration to the painter Gerrit Berckheyde (Haarlem 1638 - Haarlem 1698); in his life he painted this city view more than twenty times.
This painting, dating from 1696, gives an accurate picture of the center of Haarlem at the end of the 17th century. The majestic St. Bavo Church towers up above everything. To the north of the Church lies the Vishal, the fish market that had been covered to minimize the stench. On the other side of the church was the Vleeshal (Meat Market) built in 1603, where butchers sold their meat. It is a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture that illustrates the wealth of Haarlem in the early 17th century. In the background of the painting, part of the wooden bell tower, which was built in 1470, can just be seen. At the far left of the painting, at the end of the row of houses the historic ‘De Hoofdwacht’ can be found, one of the oldest buildings in Haarlem.
Apart from the wooden bell tower and the Vishal, that has been replaced by another fish market, all these buildings can still be admired on the Main Market Square (Grote Markt).
- schilder: Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
- Date of creation
- Object type
- easel paintings (paintings by form)
- Paintings from the Frans Hals Museum
- OS-75-316 (schilderij), Kunstwerken uit het Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
- for information contact: Frans Hals Museum