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.
- Jacob van Ruisdael
- Landscape with the Ruins of the Castle of Egmond
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed in lower right: JVR in ligature
- 98 × 130 cm (38 7/8 × 51 3/8 in.)
- Potter Palmer Collection