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Berckheyde was the master of the Dutch townscape. After travelling in Germany, he moved to The Hague.

The view shows a light-flooded scene with the political centre of the Republic of the United Netherlands: the official residence of the Prince of Orange-Nassau. The artist has planned his staffage with care. The foreground scene is peopled with elegantly-dressed riders, a falcon-seller, thoroughbred hunting-dogs, pedestrians and a beggar-woman. The calm nobility of the architecture is fascinatingly counterbalanced by its reflection in the water.

Details

  • Title: The Courtyard with the Vijver = palace pond at The Hague
  • Creator: Berckheyde Gerrit Adriaensz (1638–1698)
  • Physical Dimensions: w65.2 x h54.5 cm (without frame)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Image Fotostudio Ghezzi, Oberalm
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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