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Landscape with the Ruins of the Castle of Egmond

Dark moody painting of crumbling castle tower and walls amidst river and forest.
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  • Dark moody painting of crumbling castle tower and walls amidst river and forest.

Date:

1650/55

Artist:

Jacob van Ruisdael
Dutch, 1628/29-1682

About this artwork

The deteriorating Castle of Egmond was a visible reminder of the Dutch struggle for independence: it was sacrificially destroyed during the revolt against Spain more than 80 years before Jacob van Ruisdael produced this painting. Landscape specialists like Van Ruisdael invoked Dutch patriotism by selecting sites representative of the republic, including ruins, windmills, and city views. Ruisdael distinguished himself by working on an unusually large scale and by imbuing his scenes with drama through low horizon lines and swollen clouds.

Status

On View, Gallery 213

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jacob van Ruisdael

Title

Landscape with the Ruins of the Castle of Egmond

Origin

Holland

Date

1650–1655

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed in lower right: JVR in ligature

Dimensions

98 × 130 cm (38 7/8 × 51 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection

Reference Number

1947.475

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