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Southern Seaport in a Storm
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Southern Seaport in a Storm

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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.
Date Description Narrative
12/07/1955Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
2/17/1976Examinationexamined for condition
7/15/2004Treatmentcleaned; 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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1660-1669 (Baroque)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 28 1/16 x W: 49 3/4 in. (71.2 x 126.4 cm)


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