The sea is wild and tempestuous beneath a stormy sky. On the beach fishermen busy themselves with their boats, while others in the distance attempt to save the crew of a sinking ship. From the dune, an elegantly dressed couple watch the scene unfold.
Porcellis used a limited palette of mainly browns and greys for his painting. Yet the end result is so convincing that you can almost feel the cold, the rain and the turmoil of the shipwreck as you look at it. And that of course was exactly what was so appealing about this seascape.
Jan Porcellis (Ghent c. 1583/1584 - 1632 Zoeterwoude)
Shipwreck off the Coast
Materiale e dettagli tecnici
36.5 x 66.5 cm
Signed and dated
lower left: JP 1631 JP in ligature
Bruce Ingram (1877-1963), sale London, Sotheby’s, 11 March 1964, lot 27; H. Cramer Gallery, The Hague; purchased by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1964 (on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis, 1964-1989); purchased, 1989
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