From 02/02/2012 until 09/02/2012
WATCH THE ICESKATING
Gravure Adriaen P. van de Venne (1589-1662)
OR WATCH THE ICESKATING ON
Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht
between Brouwersgracht and Leidsegracht
Frost in the Netherlands invokes a typically Dutch type of fever. Committees assemble, sport shops extend their opening hours to cope with the sudden crowds, media report on the exact state of growth of the ice-layer on ditches, canals and lakes. One question hovers over the nation: when shall we be able to skate on the ice?
See it on engravings in the Rijksmuseum, or (fingers crossed) on the Amsterdam canals this weekend.
Adriaen P. van de Venne (1589-1662): 'Two Owls Skating'