In 1667, Dirck van Bleyswyck's : Dutch is a West Germanic language and the native language of most of the population of the Netherlands, and about sixty percent of the populations of Belgium and Suriname, the three member states of the Dutch Language Union.Most speakers live in the European Union, where it is a first language for about 23 million and a second language for another 5 million people.
Those who are interested in Dutch pronunciation, and a number of fascinating facets of Dutch culture, should visit Marco's excellent website at:
Marco has recently recorded many new names of Dutch seventeenth-century painters, click here to access them along with images and artist's biographies.
in Zaandam (with its quintessential representative survey of Dutch clock history). The Utrecht collection is splendidly described by Dr Jan Jaap Haspels (1994) and the one from Zaandam by Prof C. Furthermore, important Dutch clocks can be found in foreign museum collections like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Paris Louvre or German museums in Dresden, Kassel, Munich, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.
For the Schoonhoven collection only a poorly illustrated catalogue exists by G. There are of course some Dutch horological masterpieces in London, in the Science Museum, the British Museum (Ilbert Collection), The V&A and Museum of the Clockmakers' Company at the Guildhall.
Expat forums are filled with questions and concerns on just how to infiltrate the local Dutch circles.
A common complaint among fellow expats is how difficult it is for them to actually make friends with Dutch people.
There may be no other country in which in the brief span of a hundred years so many paintings were executed as during the seventeenth century in the United Provinces, in Holland, as this land is commonly called abroad, or the Netherlands, to use the name it gave itself.
It is estimated that between 16 no less than 5 million paintings were executed in small and large centers of painting, a figure that is even more surprising if you think of the distrust of holy images professed by Calvinism from the very beginning of its spread.
The wave of iconoclasm it set in motion was so powerful that it cut off the most classic destination of the most significant artistic production.
Today, the large churches in Dutch towns still welcome the faithful with bare whitewashed plastered walls, with plain, stark spaces, where there is no indulgence in decoration.
Other Dutch authors, writing in their mother tongue, and setting a premier standard in Dutch horology are C.