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Nooms, Reinier
The Naerder Crossing
around 1659-1662

As his moniker suggests, Zeeman (“seaman”) was a sailor; he adopted artistic pursuits, producing prints and paintings of the sea and waterways. His topographically accurate Views in Amsterdam emphasizes this city’s dependence on water for transportation and trade. Saint Anthony’s Market with the Weigh House, which can still be seen today, portrays the relationship between the sea and the industrial urban landscape. A similar sentiment in The Naerder Crossing alludes to the everyday activities of trade through canals linking Amsterdam to inland towns and cities.

 
Nooms, Reinier
born Amsterdam, Netherlands 1623; died Amsterdam, Netherlands 1664
The Naerder Crossing
around 1659-1662
etching on paper, state 2 of 2
13.7 x 25.0 cm
Purchase, Consolidated Purchase Fund, 1979
22-010

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