A View of Rhenen seen from the West

The river in the foreground is the Rhine. On the horizon is the town of Rhenen (Province of Utrecht) with the tower of Cunerakerk and the 'Koningshuis', the residence of Frederick V, King of Bohemia and Elector of the Palatinate and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart. The diagonals formed by the river banks and the clouds are carefully balanced by the cattle and sail boat in the foreground.

Van Ruysdael painted Rhenen on two other occasions. The paintings are now in Los Angeles (Getty Museum) and Merion, Pennsylvania (Barnes Foundation Museum of Art).

Key facts

Artist dates
1600/3? - 1670
Full title
A View of Rhenen seen from the West
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
30.5 x 41.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Nicholas A. Argenti with a life interest to Mrs Argenti, 1963
Inventory number
Location in Gallery