Statue of Vondel on pedestal
Height (incl. pedestal): 20 inches (50 cm)
Width: 7.2 inches (18 cm)
Length: 6 inches (15 cm)
Base: diameter 7.5 inches (18 cm), height 3.4 inches (8,5 cm)
Material bust: neolith (resin)
Material base: neolith (resin)
Weight: 13.9 lbs
Joost van den Vondel is considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century. He was born in Colonge (Germany) on 17 November 1587 and died in Amsterdam on 5 February 1679). His plays are the ones from that period that are still most frequently performed. The most visible was the annual performance, on New Year's Day from 1637 to 1968, of Gijsbrecht van Aemstel. Vondel stayed productive until a very old age. Several of his most notable plays like Lucifer and Adam in Ballingschap were written after 1650, when he was already 65.
Amsterdam's biggest park, the Vondelpark, bears his name. There is a famous statue of Vondel in the northern part of the park. The Dutch five guilder banknote bore Vondel's portrait from 1950 until its discontinuation in 1990.
The maker of this statue is unknown; the original is a 19th Century Sculpture.