Six new maritime paintings in the muZEEum

Ships are indispensable. Just as they were in the seventeenth century. Ships carried goods and people, they were part of a war fleet and they sailed all over the world for profit or loot. In every port there were artists who depicted these maritime activities. They sold their works to ordinary people who wanted ‘a bit of sea with some boats’ on their walls. Merchants and captains commissioned marine painters to immortalise their ships and their heroic deeds at sea.

Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten, Een fluit op de Wester Schelde voor Vlissingen, ca. 1660-1665

The exhibition Wind in de zeilen (Wind in the sails) shows a cross section of the huge production of marine paintings from the period between 1600 and 1700. They are mostly success stories: we see how proud people were of maritime shipping. We also see that life on board was hard and dangerous: you could be comfortably horrified, safely at home, by a storm or shipwreck in oil paint.  

All the paintings on display are from the private collection of Anthony Inder Rieden in London. Fascinated by this typically Dutch specialty he built a collection of almost seventy marine paintings. Six of them are now exhibited here. 

Jacob Bellevois- De Slag bij de Medway met de veroverde Unity (1670) - muZEEum

The muZEEum has been able to acquire these six paintings on loan for a longer period. They will play an important part in the future new layout of the muZEEum.  

With thanks to: 
dr. Remmelt Daalder (guest curator),
Stichting Moerman Promotie Vlissingen,
Stichting Martieme Activiteiten De Ruyter,
Stichting Gravin van Bylandt,
Van de Velde Publicatiefonds,
Familiefonds Hurgonje.