|Dates||1597 - 1665|
|Born||Assendelf, The Netherlands|
|Died||Haarlem, The Netherlands|
At an early age, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam's was exposed to the work of famous artists. His father, an engraver, made copies of works by artists such as Hendrick Goltzius and Abraham Bloemaert. After his father's death in 1607, Saenredam and his mother moved to Haarlem, where he worked for ten years. In 1623 he entered Haarlem's painters'
Saenredam's sacred spaces are designed for contemplation. Unlike his flamboyant predecessors who evoked the pomp, pageantry, and theatre of churches--usually Roman Catholic--Saenredam painted the whitewashed austerity of the Dutch Reformed church. There are no processions, no clusters of worshippers at shrines. He adopted a very low viewpoint and a