Turmoil and Tranquility at the National Maritime Museum

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.