In December 2008 the Joods Historisch Museum acquired an important 17th-century view of Amsterdam by Gerrit Berckheyde (1638-98). The painting shows the Great Synagogue and the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. The latter had just been finished at the time of painting.
Curator Edward van Voolen has been kind enough to provide us with the English version of his article on the painting, which you can read here. (Word document, 73 kB).
The acquisition was made possible by
Stichting VSB Fonds
SNS Reaal Fonds
Heirs of H. Strauss-Ricardo
Stichting Vrienden van het Joods Historisch Museum
Richard Green galleries
The Crown Family
The Bobins Foundation
Salomon Stodel galleries