Eye Candy for Today: Aelbert Cuyp chalk drawing

View of the Groote Kerk in Dordrecht from the River Maas, Aelbert Cuyp
View of the Groote Kerk in Dordrecht from the River Maas, Aelbert Cuyp

Black and brown chalks, green and gray washes, roughly 7 x 14 inches (18 x 36 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

With simple lines and deft applications of tone — in only a few levels of value — 17th century Dutch landscape master Aelbert Cuyp has given us not only a scene with a remarkable sense of depth, but a feeling for the place, time of day and sense of the weather in this view of the town and its cathedral.

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