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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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Fascinating painting which encapsulates such an interesting snapshot of Dutch life at the time. Very well de-constructed by very good lecturer.

Betty Thu, 30/12/2021 - 09:44 Permalink

As usual Sophie you delivered a perfect illustration in such detail, making it much more lively, and taking us through the scenery as if we were there. Well done.

Muriel Lowe Thu, 30/12/2021 - 09:34 Permalink


Vivien Thu, 30/12/2021 - 09:30 Permalink

That was wonderful and so informative, Thankyou!

Heather Smart Thu, 30/12/2021 - 09:24 Permalink

Excellent. Thank you so much for such an interesting and fun insight to these wonderful paintings. I shall look more closely next time I visit the galleries and museums!

Louise Thu, 30/12/2021 - 09:15 Permalink

Please enable large pictures on ipads
Good lecture

Margaret Read Thu, 30/12/2021 - 08:50 Permalink

Thank you Dr Sophie. So much interesting detail and well explained. I've never heard of Avercamp but will definitely seek out his work when I next visit the National Gallery.

Alys Thu, 30/12/2021 - 08:21 Permalink

what an interesting lecture. I had seen images of this painting without appreciating the humour of it - Thank you.

jacqui Thu, 30/12/2021 - 07:47 Permalink

That was so interesting. I've not heard of this painter but will make sure I find out more about him. Thank you.

christine Thu, 30/12/2021 - 06:09 Permalink