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A Panoramic View of Amsterdam looking towards the IJ
Jacob van Ruisdael

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 Jacob van Ruisdael
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
Dimensions 41.3 x 40 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from a private collection
Inventory number L1052
Location in Gallery Room 26
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