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Hendrick Avercamp, Winter Landscape with Skaters

The winter of 1607-08 was a particularly cold one in Europe. Hendrick Avercamp was one of the first Dutch painters to specialise in snow scenes and his 1608 oil painting Winter Landscape with Skaters depicts townsfolk skating, playing kolf, walking and occasionally falling over on an icy frozen river. Accredited Lecturer Dr Sophie Oosterwijk will show us the fascinating stories in this painting, which is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


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A fascinating talk on a very interesting painting and a tantalising introduction to the genre of Dutch winter landscapes. it took me back to my childhood in Canada skating and playing hockey on frozen ponds and streams.
Thank you

James Gidman Mon, 03/01/2022 - 12:50 Permalink

Always a fan of Dutch art and really enjoyed this lecture. So much to look at - it would make a great jigsaw puzzle as you'd have to study each piece in detail.
Many thanks.

Lynne Dorff (Bushey) Sun, 02/01/2022 - 10:39 Permalink

A really excellent lecture with great depth and detail. Definitely one of the best for me and a pleasure from star to finish. Thank you Sophie.

Jessica Wolff Sat, 01/01/2022 - 16:01 Permalink

This was one of the best in an excellent series. I've really looked forward to each day's email link. Thanks to all the speakers and to the organisers.

Stephanie Bradley Fri, 31/12/2021 - 19:40 Permalink

Thank you - absolutely fascinating. One of the best talks in this series. These winter landscapes are my kind of painting - I love imaging what the people are discussing, looking at what they are wearing and doing and how they lived. So very interesting.

Christine Callow Fri, 31/12/2021 - 18:30 Permalink

Another great talk

Jenny Hill Fri, 31/12/2021 - 15:22 Permalink

An excellent lecture the presentation was perfect, an artist that I had no knowledge of which has broadened was horizon. Thank you for 31 days of immense pleasure.

Margaret Redford Fri, 31/12/2021 - 12:38 Permalink

I found her lecture fascinating. I wanted her to continue about other paintings.
Thank you so much

Eileen Lyon Fri, 31/12/2021 - 10:00 Permalink

Thank you, excellent ‘unwrapping’

Diana Gill Fri, 31/12/2021 - 09:46 Permalink

What an enlightening and lively lecture. Thank you so much Sophie for providing such varied details as you highlighted all the little cameos. It was fascinating. I learnt more about the different horizon points too as you compared Avercamp’s painting with other works on similar themes. I loved your sense of fun too.

Maggie Fri, 31/12/2021 - 09:22 Permalink