A Dutch ship in a breeze off a rocky coast
A carefully delineated Dutch three-master on a rough sea, together with two other ships to the left and right. A rocky shoreline looms up to frame the left of the picture. On an outcrop of rock in the foreground, a group of six figures is huddled against the wind. One figure holds a red flag and their presence on the rocks underlines the danger to the ship of being blown onto the rocks. A wooden cross has been positioned on the outcrop above them, with a jagged tree above. These serve as visual metaphors for the vulnerability of man against nature, in which he will inevitably perish, but with the hope of Christian salvation.
Pieter Mulier, the Elder
- Image reference: BHC0819
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Palmer Collection. Acquired with the assistance of The Art Fund
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