Pier Pander Museum
The Prinsentuin, the beautiful city park on the edge of downtown Leeuwarden, houses the museum and temple dedicated to the Frisian sculptor Pier Pander (1864-1919).
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The Prinsentuin in Leeuwarden houses the museum and temple dedicated to the Frisian sculptor Pier Pander (1864-1919).
The son of a Frisian boatman, Pier Pander grew to become one of the most famous Dutch artists of his time. At the age of 21, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome for sculpture.
A serious illness disabled him early in his career. Despite his illness, he becomes a successful sculptor. He lives and works most of his life in Rome, but often returns to the Netherlands during summers. Pander receives many commissions for portraits, including those of members of the royal family. The portrait of Queen Wilhelmina on the guilder is by his hand.
In addition to temporary exhibits, the museum features a retrospective on Pander's life and work.
His life's work, a temple containing a sculpture group of five marble statues, stands further down the park (Noorderplantage 7).
The museum and temple are managed by the Historical Center Leeuwarden (HCL).