Ruisdael, van, family

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Ferry on a River by Salomon van Ruisdael (1649).
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Tower Mill at Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands, 1670.
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Van Ruisdael (Ruysdael) was a Dutch family of painters. Isaac de Goyer, or Ruisdael, born 1599 at Naarden, died 1677 at Haarlem, and his brother Salomon van Ruisdael, born shortly after 1600 at Naarden, died 1670 at Haarlem, were both Mennonites, but after they moved to Haarlem, Isaac joined the Reformed Church about 1630. Salomon seems always to have been a Mennonite, though it is not known whether he was a loyal member. He purchased his release from civil guard duty. Isaac's son was Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael, born ca. 1628 at Haarlem, died 1682 at Amsterdam. He was the most outstanding of the Ruisdael family, and his paintings, mostly landscapes, are world-famed. Thieme-Becker asserts that he joined the Reformed Church in 1657, but the records of the Amsterdam Lamist Mennonite Church have an entry showing that both Jacob van Rusidael and his wife, whose name is not mentioned, were received into the Amsterdam congregation in 1666 upon the presentation of a certification from the Flemish Mennonite Church at Haarlem, signed by the preacher Koenraad van Diepenbroek and the deacons Adriaen van den . . . (illegible) and Mattheus Gryspeert. Jacob seems to have lived extravagantly, for the Flemish congregation of Haarlem in 1681 offered to pay his board in the city poorhouse.1


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 564.

Thieme-Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. XXIX Leipzig, 1935: 188-94.

Wijnman, H. F. "Het Leven Ruysdael's," in Oud Holland. XLIX 1932: 49-60, 173-81, 258-75.


1The original article in the Mennonite Encyclopedia states that "Jacob van Ruisdael (1629/30-82), the son of Salomon van Ruisdael, was also a Mennonite. He seems to have lived extravagantly, for the Flemish congregation at Haarlem in 1681 offered to pay his board in the city poorhouse." This appears to be an error, for the Encyclopedia Brittanica states that it was the artist Jacob, son of Isaac, who died in the city poohourse.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Ruisdael, van, family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 23 Jun 2018.,_van,_family&oldid=120621.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Ruisdael, van, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 June 2018, from,_van,_family&oldid=120621.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 377. All rights reserved.

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