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Here's another daily dose of Rijksmuseum.
I posted shots of the model of a ship. The Netherlands once were a force to reckon with. We dominated the seas, as the phrase goes. And of course we had our fair share of wars that were often taken to sea. No wonder our art reflects that. I have always loved the paintings of ships, seas, battles. Here are a few that I happen to like very much.
The Battle of Terheide
Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten (1622-1666)
oil on canvas, 1653-1666
Between 1652 and 1674, three naval wars were fought with England - the so-called Anglo-Dutch Wars. This painting represents the Battle of Terheide on 10 August 1653. In the centre is the largest vessel in the Dutch fleet, the Brederode, commanded by Admiral Maerten Harpertsz Tromp. It is firing its cannons at an English ship. The Dutch Republic won the battle but lost its commander Tromp, who was fatally wounded.
The Battle of Livorno (Leghorn)
Willem van de Velde I (1611-1693)
ink on canvas, c. 1659
In 1653 the English ship the Samson went up in flames off the coast of Italy after an encounter with Cornelis Tromp’s warship the Halve Maan. Van de Velde represented both vessels at the centre of this pen painting. Tromp commissioned the picture to honour and glorify himself. The work is still in its original frame with the Tromp family coat of arms.