The German artist Lingelbach moved with his family to Amsterdam at an early age, but he also lived in Rome for several years. He made this painting around twenty years later, on his return to Amsterdam. It is an imaginary scene of a Mediterranean harbour with exotic figures, a camel and classical architecture.
Lingelbach was popular with collectors for a long time. In the eighteenth century, stadholder Prince Willem V of Orange purchased this painting for his gallery.
Johannes Lingelbach (Frankfurt am Main 1622 - 1674 Amsterdam)
Harbour on the Mediterranean
154 x 194 cm
Signed and dated
lower left, on the base of the column: I Lingelbach/ 1670
Elector of Saxony, Hubertusburg Castle; purchased at his sale in Amsterdam for Prince William V, The Hague, 1765; Prince William V, The Hague, 1765-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822