This large, relatively early landscape print is Rembrandt’s most detailed and arguably finest depiction of the landscape around Amsterdam. In the foreground we see what could be called a ‘portrait’ of an old-fashioned, slightly dilapidated and overgrown farmhouse. The house is inhabited, a woman peaks out of a window and a cart is standing under the hay barn. All this is described in great detail, including two children fishing from a little jetty over the canal, a woman and a dog crossing the bridge, and the low but thick vegetation at the water’s edge.
In the background at right, much more lightly etched, we see some parkland with the roof and tower of a stately house, probably Kostverloren House, just visible above the tree tops, and the river Amstel just in front. In the far distance at left, we see a panorama of the city of Amsterdam on the horizon.
This is in fact an impossible view, as one would not be able to see the city and Kostverloren from this perspective at the same time. (Hinterding, Lugt Collection, no. 177, p. 423) The fact that it is a constructed landscape does not diminish its charm and deep sentiment for the place, which Rembrandt knew so well and had sketched many times on his walks around Amsterdam.