A Ruined Castle Gateway

In the past the ruins were identified as the remains of the castle of Burgvliet in Bergen-op-Zoom, which had burned down in 1581. This identification was based on a drawing attributed to J.A. Beerstraten (London, British Museum). However, the argument is not very convincing as the resemblance is superficial and the drawing does not seem to represent the castle. Therefore, it is probably an invention of the artist. The ruins are picturesque in appearance and melancholy in atmosphere. Their decay may well be intended to remind the viewer of mortality and the folly of human ambitions.

A date in the early 1650s has been suggested.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Ruined Castle Gateway
Date made
about 1650-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak stuck on to millboard, remounted on an oak panel
46.7 x 64.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery