The eye of history; Montfoort’s IJsselpoort and Town Hall
The IJsselpoort, once a defensive gateway to the town of Montfoort, and the Old Town Hall which is joined to it, are a unique complex. It is the only example in the Netherlands of a town hall in this position directly adjoining a city gate. Dating from 1375, the complex is older than the original town halls of IJsselstein, Woerden, Gouda and The Hague. What makes it all the more special is that the IJsselpoort is one of the few medieval city gates still standing today.
The exhibition The eye of history; Montfoort’s IJsselpoort and Town Hall includes paintings, drawings, prints, early photographs and picture postcards. Besides original works, there are also photographic reproductions. The objects have been selected from various public and private collections and provide a fascinating picture of the medieval complex. Of particular interest are two seventeenth-century drawings that have only recently been identified as images of the IJsselpoort and Town Hall. The display case in the Department of Portrait Iconography features portraits of artists who have depicted the town of Montfoort.
The eye of history; Montfoort’s IJsselpoort and Town Hall will be on display in the RKD’s documentation vitrines from 18 July to 8 September. The exhibition then travels to Montfoort where it can be seen in the Gate Chamber over the IJsselpoort during the Open Monumentendag (Heritage Day) on Saturday 10 September. A visitor booklet with detailed information about the works on show is available in the exhibition.