Meer te verwonderen, als immer te doorgronden - Het Amsterdamse stadhuis, een overweldigende burgerspiegel | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 126, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163


Laudatory poems from the middle of the seventeenth century present the new Amsterdam town hall as a wonder that completely overwhelms. They describe how visitors to the Civic Hall have to think of floating between the earth and the stars and how the tribunal stupefies them with its lifelike Gorgons and historical punishments. This article connects these overwhelming effects with the propagation of civic ideals and legitimisation of the power of the municipality.


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