It is all go on the ice. People are enjoying a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh outside the city of Arnhem, playing kolf (a sort of ice hockey) and toppling over as their skates slip out from under them. Familiar scenes like this made winter landscapes extremely popular in the seventeenth century.
Salomon van Ruysdael specialised in Dutch landscapes, but painted relatively few ice scenes. Thanks to Van Dedem’s gift, the Mauritshuis is now also able to display one of his winter landscapes. It is a particularly beautiful example owing to the anecdotal details and great depth in the landscape, not to mention the fresh colours.
Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600/1603 - 1670 Haarlem)
Winter Landscape at Arnhem
On view in
Material and technical details
80 x 56 cm
Signed and dated
linksonder, op de slee: S.VR. 1653
François-Joseph, Duc de Caylus; Eugene Slatter Gallery, London, 1950; Diaz Estévez Collection, before 1983; sale London, Sotheby’s, 6 July 1983, lot 78; gift of Willem, Baron van Dedem to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 2002; on loan to Willem, Baron van Dedem, and his widow, London, 2002-2016