Games on the Ice
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.