Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

  • 18 Sep 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • 500 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Washington DC Chapter of The Netherland-America Foundation
invites you to


Water, Wind, and Waves:
Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

Luncheon with Presentation by
Alexandra Libby

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm


In a nation of sailors and skaters, it is no wonder that marine subjects became a favorite of seventeenth-century collectors and artists alike. Some painters delighted in capturing the marine environs in and around the Dutch coast. Others turned their attention to the activity of frozen canals on a wintry day. They rendered every imaginable vessel, from fishing boats and major transport ships to the great warships of the Dutch naval fleet, each formulating their compositions with extraordinary accuracy and attention to detail. At the same time, they also introduced atmospheric light effects and various weather conditions to bring life and drama to their scenes.

This exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power. The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and ship models. From quiet harbor scenes and frozen canals to fierce naval battles pitting Dutch crews against their Spanish foes, the range of images reveals the extraordinary impact the water had on art of the Dutch Golden Age.

Hosted by
VH Strategies
Potomac Conference Room
500 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Alexandra Libby
Assistant Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings
National Gallery of Art

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