Gezicht op de Kerk te Sloten in de Winter
Gezicht op de kerk te Sloten in de winter (View of the Church in Sloten in Winter) 1640/66 by Dutch Painter Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten (1622 – 1666), a marine and landscape painter.
This is a wonder small town or village winter scene where the people of the community have gathered on a frozen river to have fun ice skating, talk with their neighbors and transport themselves and goods using sleds across the river ice.
In the center of the scene is a large church surrounded by leafless trees and bushes, with everything covered in snow; behind the church are several buildings and to the right of the scene there are many more houses as well as a foot bridge that connects the center and right banks together.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
Below Info Courtesy Wikipedia.org
There is some confusion about the identity of four landscape painters named Beerstraaten; Johannes, this Jan Abrahamsz, Abraham, and Anthonie. Jan Abrahamsz, painter, married in Amsterdam on 30 August 1642.
From this marriage eleven children were born, and when he married a second time in 1665, a daughter was born. Currently, The RKD records Johannes as the same person, and Abraham Beerstraaten is considered to be his oldest son.
Anthonie Beerstraaten was related to this painter. The RKD has registered two paintings signed Anthonie van Beerstraten: one is a view of a southern seaport from 1664 (currently location Enkhuizen) and the other a view of a church in Aarlanderveen in the former city hall of Alphen aan den Rijn. Based on these two paintings C.
Hofstede de Groot an early Dutch art historian, classified paintings signed A. Beerstraaten as by Anthonie if they were a poorer grade than ones already attributed to Abraham.