The Dutch empire spanned the globe in the 17th Century, and the tiny European nation became a world leader in marine travel and commerce, with fleets of ships traversing oceans and fishing boats plying inland waterways. This new exhibition at The National Gallery of Art is exploring how the country’s artists portrayed the sea and water in general during this era, with nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, and ship models. The pieces showcase quint seaside afternoons alongside fierce offshore battles against the Spanish navy.
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Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667, oil on canvas, overall: 114.3 x 167.3 cm (45 x 65 7/8 in.) framed: 147.3 x 146.1 x 6.4 cm (58 x 57 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund