CROOS, Anthonie Jansz. van der
(b. ca. 1606, Alkmaar, d. ca. 1663, Den Haag)

Landscape with the Ruined Castle of Egmond

c. 1659
Oil on canvas, 109 x 165 cm
Private collection

The ruins depicted in this painting were the result of the devastation ordered by William I, Prince of Orange in 1573, who wanted to prevent the Spanish from capturing the strategic site. The ruins were a source of inspiration for Dutch and Flemish artists, many drawings, engravings and paintings are known depicting them.