Ubbergen Castle

Ubbergen is near Nijmegen in the Province of Gelderland. The castle, which had long been a ruin, was pulled down in 1712. Because of its partial destruction during the Spanish occupation in 1582, the 14th-century castle was seen by the Dutch as a national symbol. Thus Cuyp's luminous depiction of the building may well have evoked patriotic feelings in contemporary viewers.

A signed preparatory drawing (Vienna, Albertina) extends the composition slightly on both sides.

Key facts

Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
Ubbergen Castle
Date made
about 1655
Medium and support
Oil on oak
32.1 x 54.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery