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Jacob van Ruisdael: 'A Waterfall at the Foot of a Hill, near a Village'

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On the hill is the spire of a village church, and other buildings. To the left sheep are being herded over a wooden bridge spanning a ravine.

Ruisdael painted a number of imaginary mountainous landscapes with a waterfall rushing towards the lower edge of the picture. This subject was introduced into Dutch painting by Allart van Everdingen, who visited Scandinavia in 1644.

On grounds of style the landscape has been dated to the second half of the 1660s, when Ruisdael was living in Amsterdam.

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