Detail - playing 'golf' on the ice, a forerunner to ice hockey
Hendrick Avercamp (1585 - 1634) was a deaf mute Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam and particularly well known for his winter landscapes, often showing ice skaters on frozen lakes. These panoramic paintings, originally influenced by the Flemish style but done in the new realism of the era, were very popular during Avercamp's lifetime.
The painting I'm currently using in my blog header is by Avercamp.
I particularly like the little vignettes he fashions within the broader scope of his paintings. Each figure or small group of figures appears to he doing something individualistic, something interesting. Each person is dressed in his or her own style - his or her own class.
Avercamp brings even the more mundane of daily activities of these 15th century citizens to life, including their dogs. One only has to look closely. His paintings are time capsules teeming with life.
To learn about Hendrick Avercamp, please use this link.
Watch a fascinating trailer pertaining to a past exhibition of Avercamp's work at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland, here, narrated in English.