pen and brown ink, brown wash, black chalk on paper
Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III
The commanding building that dominates this view of the environs of Amsterdam with its extensive roofline might be based on the old plague house in the southwest of the city, or a similarly extensive structure with sloping roofs, surrounded by trees. Koninck often combined actual scenery with standard elements that he sometimes borrowed from the works of others. He was in particular influenced by Hercules Seghers’s (1589/90--ca. 1638) panoramic views and Rembrandt’s (1609--1669) dramatically lit depictions of landscapes in drawings and etchings of the 1640s and early 1650s. This later source of inspiration helps to explain this drawing’s initial attribution to Rembrandt.