Pieter Jansz Saenredam was born in the village of Assendelft on June 9, 1597. His father, Jan Pietersz Saenredam (Dutch, 1565 - 1607), was an important late mannerist engraver and draftsman who died young in 1607. The family moved to nearby Haarlem.
Pieter began his artistic training on May 10, 1612, in Haarlem in the studio of Frans Pietersz de Grebber (1573–1649). After a ten-year apprenticeship, Saenredam became a master in the Saint Luke’s Guild in Haarlem on April 24, 1623. He was an officer in the guild in 1635 and 1640, and a "deken", or board member, in 1642.
Although Saenredam is not recorded as ever having studied with a specialist architectural painter, his interest in a
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