The National Maritime Museum’s unrivalled collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish maritime paintings is currently on display. The collection charts the emergence of the Dutch Republic as a great maritime power and the rise of the seascape as a distinct art form in the Low Countries.
Between 1550 and 1700 artists from the Netherlands, both Flemish and Dutch, depicted the sea in a new and particular way. For the first time they saw it as a natural setting in its own right and this new approach allowed them to integrate the elements of air, light and water in art.
Find out more here: Turmoil and Tranquility. The exhibition is on until 11 January 2009. Check the website before you go as the exhibition may occasionally be closed.