Constantijn Huygens

Dutch humanist and poet. Born in The Hague; father of Christiaan Huygens. He was broadly educated in languages, law, and social protocol to follow a public career. From 1625 he was secretary to the stadtholder, or the chief executive of the province of The Hague. Huygens wrote verse in seven languages as well as in Dutch. His poems, descriptive and satirical, were highly esteemed; both the English and the French monarchs knighted him in recognition of his genius. His verse is graceful, highly ornamented, and sometimes moralistic. In his collection

Daghwerck (1627-38) he wrote of his love for his wife. One of his last works, Cluyswerck (1683) is semiautobiographical. Huygens was also an accomplished musician and composer of many works for strings. The thousands of his letters that survive attest to his wide acquaintance among contemporary scholars, including Descartes, Donne, Corneille, and Jean Louis Guez de Balzac.
Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1647 From: Pathodia sacra et profana 4.00 stars 5 CD
Wilke te Brummelsstraete - Mezzo-Soprano
Siebe Henstra - Clavicord
Mike Fentross - Theorbo
Mieneke v.d. Velden - Viola da Gamba