After more than 140 years of collecting and selecting, Museum Flehite today has some 27,000 objects, paintings, drawings, and prints in its collection. Besides artworks of national and international significance, it also has objects of everyday significance or emotional resonance for inhabitants of the Amersfoort region, not to mention the prehistoric Bronze Age urns that were found complete with human remains in a burial mound in the surrounding area in 1897. The gigantic seventeenth-century View of Amersfoort by Mathias Withoos was recently fully restored. In 2022, two Italian cityscapes by the great Italian master – with Amersfoort roots – Caspar van Wittel were added to the collection. The collection also includes Jacob van Campen’s portrait of Leendert Nicasius – the hero who extinguished the fire in the tower of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe church – as well as Napoleon’s keys to the city, an 1870 beer keg from the Amersfoort Beijersch Brewery, and a “liberation skirt” from 1945. Together, these highly diverse masterpieces tell the story of Amersfoort through the ages.
Collection and Communication Management, Museum Flehite (January 2023)