The ruins have not been identified with any still standing. The atmosphere they evoke resemble the mood created in both Ruisdael's versions of his famous 'Jewish Cemetery' (Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen; Detroit Institute of Arts). The high dunes in the background recall the landscape near Haarlem, where Ruisdael was probably living in the early 1650s, which is probably when this picture was painted.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
Ruins in a Dune Landscape
Date made
probably 1650-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
43.2 x 58.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1865
Inventory number
NG746
Location in Gallery