Amsterdam's Old Town
Into the City Center
Leaving Dam Square, we'll catch a glimpse of Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Site: the architectural marvel of the canal belt. (If you want to spend time getting to know this area properly, we have a Dutch Golden Age Tour that can help with that.) Along the way to the canal belt, we may also stop in at the Begijnhof courtyard, a time capsule of the 17th-century. We’ll take time to discuss Amsterdam’s economic flourishing during those years and how that success has made the city what it is today.
As of April 2020, Amsterdam has prohibited walking tours from passing prostitution windows in the city center. While this may be a topic for discussion on your Introduction to Amsterdam tour, you will not spend time in the Red Light District itself.
Art historian and curator Lora received her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. She got her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and went to Knox College in Illinois, where she received her B.A. in Art History and Integrated International Studies. She was the curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and prior to that worked at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, USA. She regularly publishes on modern and contemporary art as a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and as a National Correspondent for the European Museum Forum (EMF).
After finishing his studies in the History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Sabry pursued a career in the antiquarian book trade, going on to run a fine art bookstore in Amsterdam, whilst also writing, lecturing, and teaching about art. Later he dedicated more time to his work as a writer and art historian. Coming from a Jewish background, Sabry was also always interested in the Jewish history of Amsterdam and has thoroughly studied the life and work of Jewish artists living and working in the Netherlands in this century. He is currently writing a book about German Jewish emigree artists in Amsterdam in the interwar years. The work will come out in fall 2016, published by the renowned Jewish publishing house Querido. Sabry also has extensive guiding experience, specializing in the culture of the Low Countries. His expertise has a vast thematic scope that incorporates the art, architecture, literature, and cuisine that helped shape the Netherlands as they are today.
Alette has an MA in Art History (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology (University of Twente, Enschede). For both her thesis and her dissertation, she researched the intricate relationship between nature, art and science in the 20th century (thesis) and the 17th century (dissertation). Sculpture parks, ornamental gardens, and botanical gardens form the sites of study. As an independent scholar, she presents papers and writes articles on this subject. Alette also teaches art history and lectures on topics such as 17th-century Dutch art and architecture, 18th century Empire design, garden architecture, and landscape engineering. She has curated several exhibitions and stood at the basis of the exhibition Black is Beautiful on the image of black people in Dutch art history. She lives in the city where she was born: Amsterdam.
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