Ice Skaters in front of a City Gate

Esaias van de Velde

Esaias van de Velde - Ice Skaters in front of a City Gate
The subject ijsvermaak or „pleasures on the ice“ developed into an independetn theme in the second decade of the 17th century, combining an increasingly prosperous urban society’s delight in amussements with the picturesque appeal of a winter landscape. The Prague painting depicts various pleasurable activities outside a city gate with spires that vaguely recall the Oosterpoort in Delft. People promenade on foot or on horseback, play kolf on the ice, and skate or sled along the frozen canals.
measurements: height 27 cm
width 42 cm
material: oak panel
technique: oil
inventory number: O 1358
gallery collection: Collection of Old Masters