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Joost van den Vondel

Joost van den Vondel was born on the 17th of September in 1587.Joost wrote poems, plays and he wrote a couple of books. One of his plays, Gijsbrecht van Aemstel, is well known.

In 1664 Joost wrote a poem about Lucifer. This was for his book “Paradise lost”. In this book Joost wrote about the difference between heaven and hell.

Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft

a Dutch writer, historian, poet and play writer. He was born on the 16th of March in 1581. He wrote for example the play : Granida. The play was about the young shepherd Daifilo who falls in love with the princess of Persia: Granida. He manages to marry her despite their differences in class.



John Amos Comenius A Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian and became a a religious refugee is a champions of universal education, a concept eventually set forth in his book Didactica Magna. Comenius is the innovator who first introduced pictorial textbooks, written in native language instead of Latin, he applied effective teaching based on the natural gradual growth from simple to more comprehensive concepts, a supporter of lifelong learning and development of logical thinking by moving from dull memorization, he has argued for the idea of equal opportunity for impoverished children, opened doors to education for women..

So we have Rembrandt and Shakespeare but who is shapes the age? here will list ten heavyweights of our times

Frabs Hals

a Dutch Golden Age portrait painter who lived and worked in Haarlem. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and he helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals played an important role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture.

Jan Zamoyski

An Important advisor to Kings Sigismund II Augustus one of the most skilled diplomats, politicians and statesmen of his time, standing as a major figure in the politics of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth throughout his life and Patron of the arts, he commissioned the building of many modern Polish cities


Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Moliere a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best known works are The Misanthrope The School for Wives .

Lieven de Key

De Key was born in Ghent, and was already a well known architect when the Haarlem council asked him to become city architect in 1592 to succeed Wouter den Abt. He brought to Haarlem the same Dutch renaissance style that Hendrick de Keyser brought to Amsterdam. Everything attributed to him or his followers, whether a building, a doorway, or merely a gable stone, is considered a rijksmonument today..

Top Culture Vultures

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Arcangelo Corelli

an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto, in establishing the preeminence of the violin, and as the first coalescing of modern tonality and functional harmony

Jacob Cats

was born on the 10th of November in 1577. Jacob was a politician, a humanist, a jurist and a writer of poems, plays and books. Jacob Cats’ proverbs are well known, for instance: “Fear is a great inventor”.

Miguel Cervantes

a Spanish writer widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists.

His major work, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern novel is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.