Pieter Claesz., Still Life with Skull (vanitas still life), 1628
Landscape was also a popular form of painting in seventeenth-century Holland. The Dutch landscape has a much
less formal character than the classical landscape that was popular in Italy and France. Because Holland has little
interesting topography, artists would often use hedgerows or a cluster of trees for visual interest. Cloud formations
and pools of light on the ground were also studied with care. Jacob van Ruisdael is the best known of the many
Dutch landscape painters, and Rembrandt created some wonderful landscape etchings.