Art Treatise

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art treatise painting the high seas By Jessica Cosmas MARITIME ART began to emerge as a distinct genre in the 17th century, bolster-ing the seafaring industries that gave rise to the great Dutch Republic. Images of the Dutch Navy were so desired that the fleet commissioned an official artist, Willem van de Velde the Elder, to depict important battles. Willem the Elder famously requested a private galley amid the Four Days’ Battle so he could have a better view of the clash between the English and Dutch forces. This commit-ment to accuracy advanced maritime art by placing the ship as the subject. Willem the Elder’s son, Willem the Younger, faithfully studied under his father, even following the Dutch Navy into battle. Together Willem the Elder and Willem the Younger popularized the ship portrait that would become synonymous with maritime art. Willem van de Velde the Younger, The captured Swiftsure, Seven Oaks, Loyal George and Convertine brought through Goeree Gat, 16 June 1666, 22.8 x 31.9 inches, oil on canvas. 56 WBM november 2015


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