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The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede

The windmill rises up majestically, defying the dark rain clouds and overshadowing the castle and the church of Wijk bij Duurstede. The River Lek flows in the foreground. This painting is world famous, and rightly so. In this impressive composition, Ruisdael united all the typical Dutch elements – the low-lying land, the water and the expansive sky – manipulating them to converge on the equally characteristic Dutch watermill....
c. 1668 - c. 1670
Oil on canvas
83.0 x 101.0cm
SK-C-211
Image and text courtesy of Rijksmuseum, 2019

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Rijksmuseum
Permanent collection