Description In 17th-century Europe, what caused storms and weather in general was not understood. Many people saw terrible storms in a personalized way, as evidence of God's power and anger at human failings. The wreckage of a ship and crewmen fighting for their lives can be seen in the violent waves in the foreground. The mountains and style of architecture indicate the Italian coast, so a viewer in Antwerp could feel a satisfying shudder without feeling directly threatened. The shipwreck off a mountainous (and therefore foreign) coast was a favored theme for Jan Peeters, as in a similar painting in The Hermitage Museum In St. Petersberg.
|12/07/1955||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated|
|2/17/1976||Examination||examined for condition|
|7/15/2004||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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