Dune Landscape with a Country Road

Dirck van Santvoort, Pieter Dircksz Santvoort1629



A sandy road with cart tracks winds among the dunes. Meadows are interspersed with copses, a farmhouse and a church tower. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, landscapes were often unrealistic, but this changed around 1630, when artists started painting places that were increasingly recognisable. This simple landscape by Pieter van Santvoort is an early example of this new type of landscape.

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  • Title: Dune Landscape with a Country Road
  • Creator: Santvoort, Pieter van
  • Date Created: 1629
  • Physical Dimensions: h31.5 cm x w46 cm
  • Provenance: Possibly sale Amsterdam, 3 June 1919, lot 29; D. Katz Gallery, Dieren, 1940; Jacques Goudstikker Gallery/Alois Miedl, Amsterdam; sold to E. Gritzbach, Berlin; Hermann Göring, Berlin; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit, (inv. no. NK 2650); on long-term loan from the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam and Rijswijk, since 1993; transferred by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage to the Mauritshuis, 2010
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel