A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery

Salomon van Ruysdael absolutely nails the feeling of optimism, enjoyment, maybe even relief, as his fellow Dutch citizens ferry across a river on a soft spring evening. They’re setting out to explore their hard-won, brand new Dutch Republic. You might remember from a previous episode about their war for independence against Spain, they spent 80 years fighting for this moment.

We’ll find out the ferry might have meant more than just transportation to these folks and how it came to the Gallery after a long restitution battle.


“A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

Episode theme is “The Four Seasons, Op. 8” composed by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by the Modena Chamber Orchestra


Artwork information

Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., “Salomon van Ruysdael/River Landscape with Ferry/1649,” Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century, NGA Online Editions, https://purl.org/nga/collection/artobject/139458 (accessed May 03, 2020).

Salomon van Ruysdael information


Goudstikker restitution



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