Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1920) Charles van Wijk & Arend Odé
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547 - 1619) is considered the most important statesman who has known the Republic of the United Netherlands. Under his leadership - he was the state lawyer of 1586 until his death in 1619 - the republic gained its independence and the state structure that it would retain until 1795. Before Van Oldenbarnevelt became a lawyer, he was a pensioner from Rotterdam from 1576 to 1586. In that period he ensured that the foundation was laid for Rotterdam's position as the second Dutch port city. The image of Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt - in a niche under the mayor's room - is a gift from the then alderman mr. S. Muller with the delivery of the new town hall in 1920. It was designed by Charles van Wijk, who died shortly after his design was approved. The Delft professor AWM Odé completed the work. It is a beautiful classical image, of which there are few in Rotterdam. The image, in combination with the image of Hugo de Groot, forms an ensemble. It is a defining element for the town hall.
Sculptor Charles van Wijk (The Hague, 1875 - 1917) attended the art academy in The Hague. Among other things, he made the memorial for the Maris brothers in The Hague, the statue of Johan de Witt and the bust for EJ Potgieter. He won many awards. He mainly worked in The Hague, but also in Brussels and Paris for some time.