Adriaan Gerritsz de Vrije: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Adriaan Gerritsz de Vrije (c.1570, Gouda – 1643, Gouda), was a Dutch Golden Age glass painter.

According to the RKD he was probably partnered to the glass painter Dirk de Vrije. He was a pupil of Wouter and Dirk Crabeth. In 1595 he took out a spread to buy “glass manufacturing materials” and became the first curator of the stained glass windows of the Janskerk, Gouda. In utility of the States of Holland, he made the window “Glass 1” after a design by Joachim Wtewael and the window “Glass 29” after his own design. In Glass 1 he with designed all of the city heraldic shields that link up the main subject.

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