Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters

  • Creator: Hendrick Avercamp
  • Year: c. 1608
  • Location: Netherlands

The high vantage point of this painting turns it into a sampler of human – and animal – activity during a harsh winter. Hundreds of people are out on the ice, most of them for pleasure, others working out of dire necessity. Avercamp did not shy away from grim details: in the left foreground crows and a dog feast on the carcass of a horse that has frozen to death.

Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters is available in the public domain via Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication .

Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt | Source: Rijksmuseum

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