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Vessels in a Strong Wind
1630
Jan Porcellis

Vessels in a Strong Wind 1630 Jan Porcellis

Three freighters of the same type, with one mast and a spritsail, fix their course on a place on the horizon. On the right sail and Indiaman and a small sailing boat, on the left a rowing boat. Porcellis lent the necessary depth to the painting by placing the three freighters in a row behind each other. The depiction is dominated by the magnificently rendered cloud formations and the white crests on the waves. Whereas the traditional seascape was usually a 'portrait of a ship or a historical account of a naval battle, the important element here is the portrayal of sky and water.

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