In the courtyard next to Oudemanspoort I found this sculpture of two famous people: Vossius and Barlaeus.
Gerhardus Johannes Vossius (1577-1649) was a son of a German theologist who fled Germany for his beliefs.
Vossius himself was a protestant theologist, philospher and historian who held many high positions at Dutch universities and academic schools in Dordrecht, Leiden and Amsterdam.
He followed the Remonstrant school of thought, a Dutch calvinistic group that was influenced by Erasmus thinking and concentrated on the self-determination of humans as opposed to the idea that all is determined by God.
Count Wilhelm Bentheim (foremost advisor of William of Orange) helped in Vossius' career.
Caspar II Barlaeus (Van Baarle, 1584-1648) was a friend of Vossius and known as a poet, writer and rhetorican. He studied theology in Leiden and medicine in Caen (France) and was trained for his academic career by his uncle Jacobus Barlaeus who was rector in Brielle.
Barlaeus defended the Remonstrant school but never joined it officially. Nor did he practise medicine for very long, rather concentrated on his literary work. He was an internationally acclaimed Latin poet, known for his wit, zest for life and exultation of the Classic literature and lifestyle.
The Barlaeus College in Amsterdam (high school) is known as the most posh in the country to this day. Although critics say it is a "white social elite school".
The Van Baarle street in Amsterdam (connects to P.C. Hooft) is one of the chic ones in the capital.
But don't forget the link to my hometown Brielle!
Have you noted that books do seem to be a theme in this walk?
I suppose this should be a shopping tip.
Second hand books in good condition are sold here. I wandered about while RubenE bought Ovidius' Tristare (poems) and Xenofon's version of Symposium Socrates' Defense. The publisher Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep is a well known Amsterdam publisher.
Ah! The Oudemanspoort (Old man's Gate). One often finds oneself here because inside the gallery of the Law faculty you find various second hand bookstalls.
But first ATLC is caught "stealing" a bicycle and was it chance or appropriate that pieter_jan_v blurred the picture while making it?
The gallery of Oudemanspoort runs along an inner courtyard. A quiet oasis in bustling Amsterdam.