Entrance to a Dutch Port

Willem van de Velde II Dutch

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Van de Velde received his first training from his father, a celebrated draftsman of ships. This view of a port combines nautical accuracy with the tonal painting he learned from another teacher, Simon de Vlieger, whose work hangs nearby. The vessels depicted range from small cargo and fishing boats to a state barge and East Indiamen destined for long voyages of trade and imperialism. Two humble figures wade ashore, connecting the maritime panorama to the beholder’s space on solid ground.

Entrance to a Dutch Port, Willem van de Velde II (Dutch, Leiden 1633–1707 London), Oil on canvas

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