Jacob van Ruisdael – The Cleveland Museum of Art 1962.256. Landscape with a Church by a Torrent (c. 1670)
Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 100.3 x 83.8 cm. Inscriptions: Signed lower right: JvRuisdael [JvR in monogram]. Nr: 1962.256. Source:http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/05/cleveland_museum_of_art_exhibi_1.html
“Landscape With a Church by a Torrent,” painted around 1670, may indicate the rocky obstacles that need to be surmounted before the faithful can reach salvation. Seydl believes the logs by the far bank of the stream – once living trees – impart a sense of urgency about the brevity of life (http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/05/cleveland_museum_of_art_exhibi_1.html).