The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Village of Beekbergen in Winter

Object Details

Title:

The Village of Beekbergen in Winter

Artist/Maker:

Constantin Huygens (Dutch, 1628 - 1697)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

December 31, 1675

Medium:

Pen and brown ink

Object Number:

95.GA.16

Dimensions:

11.3 × 18.4 cm (4 7/16 × 7 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

Although Dutch statesman Constantijn Huygens the Younger's goal was to record his travels, this expressive drawing transcends the category of topographical rendering. Through judicious use of rough ink, jotted diagonal slashes, and paper's blank whiteness as both sky and ground, the amateur draftsman created a compelling record of a chilly, windblown day.

Huygens's drawings often accompanied descriptions in his diary. In typical fashion, Huygens recorded both this scene's location and the date on which he depicted it. Topographical landscapes were popular in seventeenth-century Holland, and drawing was considered an essential component of a humanist education.

Provenance
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010