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Games on the Ice

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Games on the Ice

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Barent Avercamp
Dutch, 1612–1679

Date

1654

Medium

Oil on panel

Accession #

61.8

Dimensions

10 3/4 x 17 7/16 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

This lively scene, likely set in the Dutch town of Kampen, shows the bustling activity of winter games unfolding on a frozen lake or river. In the foreground, a group of men plays kolf, a precursor to golf in which players use clubs to hit a small ball toward a target. Elsewhere, a pair of bearded burghers looks on disapprovingly, and a horse-drawn sleigh prepares to traverse the ice. Such lighthearted paintings of everyday activities enjoyed enormous popularity in the Netherlands in the 1600s.

Credit

Gift of Rolf R. Roland