Scandinavian Landscape with Waterfall and Mill

Allaert van Everdingen1644/1650

Fondazione Cariplo

Fondazione Cariplo
Milan, Italy

This is an autograph work and also bears a partially illegible date. The subject is one typically depicted by this Dutch artist, who set off for Scandinavia while so many of his countrymen were heading south in search of inspiration, above all to Italy. This was no mere coincidence, as his Dutch clients, the Trip and Geer families, owned foundries producing cannons in Sweden and Norway. After returning to his native land around 1644, he continued to paint scenes of Nordic landscapes with pine forests and waterfalls, as exemplified by landscapes in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg. The line of the horizon is placed so high as to give the painting an unusual structure, as though threatening to crush the spectator, as Meijer notes in his description for the catalogue of the Cariplo Collection. Van Everdingen was actually influenced by the work of his teacher Roelant Savery, who visited the Tyrol and painted its waterfalls (see for example the alpine landscape in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Further echoes of his painting can be found in the views of a landscape with waterfall by Jacob Ruisdael and Jan van Kessel, respectively in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


  • Title: Scandinavian Landscape with Waterfall and Mill
  • Creator: Allart van Everdingen
  • Creator Lifespan: 1621/1675
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Amsterdam
  • Creator Birth Place: Alkmaar
  • Date: 1644/1650
  • Signature: ALLERT VAN
  • Physical Dimensions: w114 x h128 cm (Without frame)
  • Provenance: Cariplo Foundation, 1991
  • Type: Painting, oil on canvas
  • Rights: http://www.artgate-cariplo.it/en/disclaimer.html
  • External Link: www.artgate-cariplo.it

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