Amsterdam Prinsengracht by Mark Christian Soetebier in Rome, Italy.

  • Artist: Unknown Artist
  • Location: Unknown Location

Amsterdam Prinsengracht by Mark Christian Soetebier in Rome, Italy.

This piece just feels Dutch. I should know, I’m Dutch. And this work is done by a Dutchman, who is now living in Italy, while he was visiting Amsterdam.

Some of the things I love about this painting are the foreground to background work, the many different ways he did the windows, and how you an make out the buildings all the way down the street.

Many paintings we see today are fairly 2-dimensional. Sure there are shadows and other things to create depth but most of the time scale is left up to the viewer’s imagination because there is no context. In this piece by Soetebier you can see the relative sizes of everything in the image because of context. Most artists, including myself, would avoid this because getting scale and perspective right on many subjects is very, very difficult. I think this worked out well for this piece.