Van Ruisdael’s works form the pinnacle of Dutch landscape painting. They often have a monumental air about them. Here, he achieves this effect by making us look up at the castle from below. Van Ruisdael was the first to use this artistic device.
The Haarlem artist Van Ruisdael visited Bentheim Castle – just over the German border – in the summer of 1650. It must have made a deep impression on him, as he chose it regularly as a subject in the years that followed.
Acquired with the support of the State of the Netherlands, the Ministery of Education, Culture and Science, the National Art Collections Fund, the VriendenLoterij, the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Rembrandt Association (supported by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund), Noortman Master Paintings, the VSB Fund Foundation, Mr H.B. van der Ven, ING Group and the Mondriaan Foundation, 2005
Jacob van Ruisdael (Haarlem 1628/1629 - 1682 Amsterdam)
View of Bentheim Castle
On view in
Material and technical details
67.7 x 51.9 cm
Chevalier Klein, Paris; Emmerich Joseph, Herzog von Dalberg (Duc de Dalberg, 1773-1833), Paris (sale London, Christie's, 13-14 June 1817, lot 10,bought in for 131 pounds and 5 shillings; sold privately to Strutt with about 30 other paintings); Edward Strutt (1801-1880), 1st Baron Belper, Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire; by inheritance to Henry Strutt (1840-1914), 2nd Baron Belper; Algernon Henry Strutt (1883-1956), 3rd Baron Belper; Major Alexander Strutt (1912-1999), 4th Baron Belper (on long-term loan to the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Birmingham, since 1989); by inheritance to a private collection, England (sale London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2005, lot 16); Noortman Master Paintings, Maastricht; acquired with the support of the State of the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the Fund for the
National Cultural Heritage, the VriendenLoterij, the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Rembrandt Association (supported by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation), Noortman Master Paintings, the VSB Fund Foundation, Mr H.B. van der Ven, ING Group and the Mondriaan Foundation, 2005