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Jan Porcellis. Dutch Ships in a Gale. Oil on Panel, ca. 1620. © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

Maritime oil paintings first emerged in Holland and expanded throughout Europe during the seventeenth century.  These works created detailed and realistic maritime images for a landed audience. This painting foregrounds a ship with her mainsail loose, perhaps representing helplessness, or (more likely) the skill of the sailors, who have intentionally loosened the sail to decrease the vessel’s forward momentum and keep her under control.



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Henry Peacham. Minerva Britanna or A garden of heroical devises. London, 1612

George Wither. A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne. London, 1635

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