European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Entrance Gate of the Castle of Brederode
Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael, Dutch (active Haarlem and Amsterdam), 1628/29 - 1682
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Cat. 564John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThe castle of Brederode stood about three miles from Haarlem and was a deeply evocative reminder of the recent war with Spain. This was not the first time the building had been damaged, as previous wars and invasions had left their marks, but this time the building was completely ruined. By 1650, it stood as a popular landmark for strollers and tourists in the countryside and was frequently reproduced in prints and guides. Typical of Ruisdael's Haarlem-period landscapes, the painting shows a monument outside the city rather than in it.