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  • Battle of the Spanish and the Dutch Fleet on May 1573, at the Time of the Siege of Haarlem

    Artist:
    Eertvelt, Andries van. 1590-1652
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    134x165,5 cm

Eertvelt, Andries van. 1590-1652

Battle of the Spanish and the Dutch Fleet on May 1573, at the Time of the Siege of Haarlem

Flanders, Middle of the 1620s

The Hermitage painting depicts an encounter between Spanish and Dutch ships in a bay near Haarlem. The battle took place on 26 May 1573 and ended in victory for the more powerful Spanish navy. The Spanish squadron was commanded by Don Fadrique (Frederick) de Toledo, the son of the Duke of Alba. Despite the heroic resistance of its citizens, Haarlem fell on 12 July 1573. In this painting the Dutch ships, flying the tricolour flag, are either depicted in the background or shown sinking in the foreground. The main sail of the Spanish flagship carries a religious scene that is not clear enough to be identified precisely (perhaps the Assumption). Neptune is depicted in the lower left corner of the painting in a chariot drawn through the waves by hippocampus. Neptune was undoubtedly the protector of the Spaniards. This is evidenced by the inscription announcing their victory on a sail that is attached to a trident. This work was probably painted in the mid-1620s in Antwerp, before the artist's departure to Genoa in 1627.

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Battle of the Spanish and the Dutch Fleet on May 1573, at the Time of the Siege of Haarlem

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oil

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134x165,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1924; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the collection of Lieutenant-General S.N. Ploutin (Plautin)

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ГЭ-6416

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