Amsterdam: An Art Lovers' Guide

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Amsterdam: An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 1



When you think of the Dutch capital, do you picture its infamous red light district or Unesco-listed canal district? Art historian Janina Ramirez and critic Alastair Sooke discover that Amsterdam has always embraced such apparent contradictions on this edifying cultural tour. Take those beautiful tall townhouses: their conservative façades hide huge gardens where merchants could let their imaginations run wild.

As well as ticking off its most famous sights, they seek out lesser-known attractions including a master who painted the seedy side of 17th-century life, the world's oldest surviving Jewish library and a brothel where anyone can experience what it's like to sit in the window.


Historian Janina Ramirez and art critic Alastair Sooke embark on cultural city breaks, offering insights into the most famous locations and uncovering hidden gems and untold stories to reveal how religion, revolution and trailblazing individuals can shape the art - and soul - of a metropolis. They begin by examining the art and design of the Dutch capital Amsterdam, along the way discovering how its culture reflects the liberal attitudes, appetite for global trade and love of home comforts that helped shape the character of this city.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Janina Ramirez
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Director Colin Rothbart
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Producer Kemi Majekodunmi
Series Producer Ruth Shurman
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