Teekengenootschap Pictura was founded in 1774, making it the oldest (still existing) artists' society in the Netherlands. Since 1901 the society has been housed in the monumental building 'Dit is in Oostenrijck', originally built in 1561. The artists had (and still have) studios and exhibition rooms there, which is unique in the Netherlands. Over time, the building was expanded to include a main hall, third hall and a graphic workshop. Over the centuries, hundreds of artists have been members of Pictura. A good number of artists also enjoyed great fame outside of Dordrecht, such as Abraham van Strij, Johannes Cornelis Schotel, Willy Sluijter and Otto Dicke. Today, Pictura is an active association with over 130 working and 100 art-loving members. As a platform for contemporary art, Pictura organizes eight exhibitions a year.
- built in 1561