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Portrait of the Vrijheid, 50-gun ship of the Amsterdam Admiralty, built in 1651 and blown up in action in 1676, c.1653 (graphite, grey wash, brown pen, ink)

Portrait of the Vrijheid, 50-gun ship of the Amsterdam Admiralty, built in 1651 and blown up in action in 1676, c.1653 (graphite, grey wash, brown pen, ink)


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Portrait of the Vrijheid, 50-gun ship of the Amsterdam Admiralty, built in 1651 and blown up in action in 1676, c.1653 (graphite, grey wash, brown pen, ink)

7342093 Portrait of the Vrijheid, 50-gun ship of the Amsterdam Admiralty, built in 1651 and blown up in action in 1676, c.1653 (graphite, grey wash, brown pen, ink) by Velde, Willem van de, the Elder (1611-93); 46.5x57.1 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Willem van de Velde, the Elder
Portrait of the Vrijheid, viewed from the port beam with, on the broadside, twelve guns on the gun deck and upper deck and three on the quarterdeck. The work is inscribed ); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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© © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London / Bridgeman Images

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This stunning portrait captures the majestic 'Vrijheid', a 50-gun ship of the Amsterdam Admiralty, built in 1651 and tragically blown up in action in 1676. Painted by Willem van de Velde, the Elder, this piece showcases the intricate details of the vessel viewed from the port beam with its array of guns on display. The artist's use of graphite, grey wash, brown pen, and ink brings out the fine craftsmanship of both the ship and his own skill as a flemish artist. The meticulous attention to detail in depicting each gun on the gun deck and upper deck gives viewers a glimpse into naval warfare during this period. As one gazes upon this artwork, they can almost feel themselves transported back to the bustling maritime world of 17th century Europe. The 'Vrijheid' stands proudly as a symbol of Dutch naval power and innovation at that time. Displayed at the National Maritime Museum in London, this piece serves as a reminder of both the glory and tragedy that often accompany life at sea. It is a testament to both human ingenuity and vulnerability when faced with forces beyond our control.

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