Adriaan Gerritsz de Vrije

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Glass 1 in the Janskerk, Gouda, designed by Joachim Wtewael and made by Adriaan Gerritsz de Vrije, 1596

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


Left: drawing by Wtewael and Right: glass by De Vrije

According to the RKD he was probably related to the glass painter Dirk de Vrije.[1] He was a pupil of Wouter and Dirk Crabeth.[2] In 1595 he took out a loan to buy "glass manufacturing materials" and became the first curator of the stained glass windows of the Janskerk, Gouda.[2] In service 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.[2] In Glass 1 he also designed all of the city heraldic shields that border the main subject.


  1. ^ Adriaan Gerritsz. de Vrije in the RKD
  2. ^ a b c Zsuzsanna van Ruyven-Zeman, Xander van Eck and Henny van Dolder-de Wit, Het geheim van Gouda: de cartons van de Goudse glazen, Zutphen (Walburg Pers) 2002, ISBN 9057301679