Prints and Drawings
In the 1650s Jacob van Ruisdael travelled around the Dutch-German border region, and also visited Alkmaar. This black chalk drawing is a souvenir of his journey. The artist has depicted the wooden bridge and the tower of the customs office from below in order to achieve a monumental effect. The steep roofs of the houses on the left and the sailing boats with their vertical and inclined masts remain subordinate in the background.
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