Amsterdam’s Our Lord in the Attic Museum: Former Hidden Church

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The museum ‘Our Lord in the Attic’ in the heart of Amsterdam might seem like an ordinary house built on a canal, but it’s anything but. Not only has the building preserved many of its 17th century features, but also contains a hidden place of worship.

In 17th century Holland, Catholics were seen as “idolatrous” heretics who corrupted the true faith and posed a threat as allies of the Dutch enemy, Catholic Spain. Catholic worship was officially outlawed in the Dutch Republic since 1581, but the injunction was not actually enforced by legal authorities, and many continued their practice in ‘hidden’ churches such as this museum.

This talk will introduce this unique museum, the position of the Catholics during the ‘Golden Age of the Netherlands’, famous Catholic artists and so called Dutch tolerance and liberalism.



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SKU: AtticChurch Categories: Design, Visual art




Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff

Speaker: Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff

Originally schooled as a psychologist in the Netherlands, Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff turned to the arts when starting a family in London. Specialising in the Dutch Golden Age of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Mariska now delivers talks for a number of organisations, including her own company Art Historical London. Art Historical London offers art historical lectures, museum visits, courses, tours, travel and events from Amsterdam, London and New York, and since 2020 online.

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