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Canal Scene by Moonlight
  • Aert van der Neer (1603 - 1677)
  • Canal Scene by Moonlight
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1645 - c. 1650
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 58.5 x 72.6 cm
  • Signature: 'AV DN' in two monograms
  • P161
  • East Galleries I
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Van der Neer began to paint nocturnes c.1645-50, and the present picture is dateable to this period. The scene is constructed in the artist’s usual manner with a central river stretching into the distance. Picturesque interest is provided by the fishermen hauling their nets in the foreground and the silhouetted boats and townscape in the distance.