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Velde, Jan van de, II
Landscape with a Square Tower and a Church (No. 9 from a series of 18: “Eighteen Landscapes and Ruins”)
1615

Van de Velde’s rich and elegant composition incorporates local ruins and flora from the countryside around Haarlem, eschewing classical architecture and whimsical vegetation. He followed the new vogue for realistic and local Dutch landscape championed by his famous uncle Esaias, although his views remain confections of the imagination. He sets dilapidated buildings against dense foliage and expansive skies, forming a diagonal sweep into the background. Particularly refined is his rendering of sky and the surface of water.

 
Velde, Jan van de, II
Rotterdam, Netherlands 1593-Enkuizen, Netherlands 1641
Landscape with a Square Tower and a Church (No. 9 from a series of 18: “Eighteen Landscapes and Ruins”)
1615
etching on paper, state 3 of 3
13.0 x 31.9 cm
Purchase, Consolidated Fund, 1976
19-033

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