On loan from a private collection, © Private collection 2011

Ruisdael took this view from scaffolding surrounding the tower of Amsterdam's new Town Hall (now Royal Palace) on Dam Square. Sunlight picks out buildings fronting the Damrak and at right, the massive tower of the Oude Kerk. But more than documenting landmarks, the artist gives a vivid impression of the vast city that was then northern Europe's busiest port.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Panoramic View of Amsterdam looking towards the IJ
Date made
about 1665-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
41.3 x 40 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery