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Cottage at the Top of a Hill

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1660


Jacob van Ruisdael
Dutch, 1628/29-1682

About this artwork

The renowned landscape artist Jacob van Ruisdael could have been called a portrait painter of trees, as evidenced by the gnarled, ancient example at the center of this dramatic, detailed etching. Eschewing grand, Italianate landscapes for the minutia of the Dutch Republic, Ruisdael was a trendsetter in numerous landscape genres, including woodland, river, waterfall, beach, and winter scenes. In addition to fellow Dutch artists, he also influenced contemporaries in Germany such as Jonas Umbach, and artists in later centuries, when the German Romantics rediscovered the mutable, wizened outdoors.

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Jacob van Ruisdael


Cottage at the Top of a Hill




Made 1655–1665


Etching in black on ivory laid paper


186 × 268 mm (image/plate); 196 × 277 mm (sheet)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

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