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Hamlet in the Wood

Meindert Hobbema

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Fueled by great pride in Holland’s hard-won independence following the Eighty Years’ War with Spain (1568–1648), Dutch painters painstakingly and lovingly represented their native region. The Amsterdam landscape painter Meindert Hobbema depicted the calm, flat countryside of the Dutch Republic at a time of great prosperity. Executed on an ambitious scale with a fluid touch, this painting features eight figures peacefully inhabiting a hamlet, or small settlement, in a wooded landscape under an expansive, clouded sky.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Netherlands
  • DATES 1660-1665
    DIMENSIONS 38 1/4 x 51 5/8 in. (97.2 x 131.1 cm) frame: 50 x 63 x 5 in., 94 lb. (127 x 160 x 12.7 cm, 42.64kg)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "M. Hobbema"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709). Hamlet in the Wood, 1660-1665. Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 51 5/8 in. (97.2 x 131.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer, 56.159 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.159.jpg)
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