17th century painting, battle re-enacted in the Netherlands


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

3 March 2018

2018 Hendrick Avercamp – Live Painting @ Slag Om Groll

Live event filmed by Paul van Druten

with Canon Legria Mini X Pocket Camcorder

This video is about people in 17th century clothing skating in Groenlo town in Gelderland province.

In this way, they commemorated both 17th century Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp, and the 1627 battle of Groenlo.

17th century skating, painting by Hendrick Avercamp

The 17th century was a ‘little Ice Age‘ for the Netherlands, with many icy winters and many people skating. Hendrick Avercamp was one of many painters depicting that then.

In that, Rembrandt was not a typical Dutch painter.

Though Rembrandt was born close to the Rhine river, where, as we know from other painters, in many winters, usually more severe in the seventeenth century than now, many citizens of Leiden came for skating, he seems to not have liked winter and skating.

As of all his paintings, only one is a winter scene.

This re-enactment was also about the 1627 battle of Groenlo. When the army of the Dutch republic drove the Spanish army from the town. That battle is reenacted year after year; but now for the first time on ice.

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