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Scene before a Maypole with Alkmaar Church in the Background

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The church at Alkmaar in North Holland appears in at least three other paintings by Ruysdael. This painting, which dates from the end of the artist's life, is a variant of an earlier work in the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, signed and dated 1644, which includes the musicians but omits the girl standing in the pond, guarding pigs.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 76 x W 104 cm

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Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs Francis Hock, through the Art Fund

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