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View of the Castle of Batavia seen from 'Kali Besar'

View of the Castle of Batavia seen from 'Kali Besar'
 
 

Painting of a view of the castle at Batavia.
The landscape as depicted is not altogether correct from a topographical point of view. The river Kali Besar is too narrow and several buildings have been left out in order to offer an unimpeded view of the castle.
In the foreground a market scene with people from diverse nationalities: Malays, natives of the East Indies, Portuguese, Chinese and Dutch.
Near the palm trees, a few young man are playing a game similar to football called 'kaki bollah'.
In the tree branches one can see people as well as animals.

creator Beeckman, Andries

(assigned to)

period

ca. 1656

material

canvas

category painting
technique

oil

dimension

144 x 209 cm

number

118-167

owner Tropenmuseum / KIT
fortification(s) Batavia, kasteel

European   building   Asians, Africans & Americans   fauna   fortification   bazaar / market   ship / vessel   warehouse   survey / view   Person   procession  

Literature

  • Brakel, K. van, Indië omlijst: vier eeuwen schilderkunst in Nederlands-Indië (KIT Amsterdam / Wijk en Allburg, 1998)