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Simon de Vlieger: 'A Dutch Man-of-war and Various Vessels in a Breeze'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

In the middle distance on the right is a frigate with a Dutch flag at the main. In the left foreground there is a gaff-rigged 'wijdschip' ( a small Dutch trnasport vessel).

Simon de Vlieger was one of the leading marine painters in the Netherlands in the 17th century. His early works are known for the muted tonality while his later pictures, of which the present work is an example, indicate the transition from this 'tonal' phase of Dutch painting towards the more classical style of Jan van de Cappelle and the Van de Veldes.

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