Hendrik Avercamp, Kolfplayers on Ice (1625)

Hendrick Avercamp (1585–1634) has been described as “the undisputed master of winter landscapes of the Dutch Golden Age.” “Avercamp” is not exactly a household word on this side of the Atlantic, although I suspect that many museum visitors who wouldn’t recognize his name have admired his luminous outdoor scenes full of small, agile figures. In his native Netherlands, by contrast, he is a celebrated artist with an eager and enthusiastic following, today as in his lifetime. (That...

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