Ferdinand Bol Portrait of Michiel de Ruyter (1607-1676)
On view in Room 16
Michiel de Ruyter, Admiral of the Dutch Fleet, won a glorious battle against the English in the Four Days’ Battle of 1666. To commemorate this victory, he had his portrait painted by the Amsterdam portraitist Bol. In the background is a seascape with De Ruyter’s flagship.
The portrait is still in its original seventeenth-century frame. It is a gilded trophy frame boasting a wonderful collection of weaponry: drums, flags, cannons and powder kegs. De Ruyter’s coat of arms is displayed in the top centre.
rechts, op de balustrade: fBol . fecit. Ao. 1667 fB ineen
Admiralty Chamber, Amsterdam, 1667-1798; 's Lands Zeemagazijn, Amsterdam, 1798-after 1818; Ministry of the Navy, The Hague, after 1818-1894 (until 1889 in the 'marinemodellenkamer', 1889-1894 on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam); acquired by exchange with the Rijksmuseum for another portrait of the same sitter attributed to Bol (Mauritshuis inv. no. 18), 1894