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Artist: Cornelis Claesz. van Wieringen
[Dutch painter, 1580-1633]

Title: The Battle of Gibraltar

Date: ca.1621
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 54 x 74 inches (137 x 188 cm)
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Image size: 1600 x 1145 pixels, 304 Kbytes
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Cornelis Claesz. van Wieringen: The Battle of Gibraltar

Full title: The Explosion of the Spanish Flagship during the Battle of Gibraltar, 25 April 1607.

This is part history painting, part journalism, part celebration of a one-sided victory of the Dutch fleet over the Spanish. One can imagine that a painting of the scene would be handled very differently if the Dutch had lost the battle. As it is, this image of the moment of destruction of the Spanish flagship and its crew seems to be rendered with pride, even glee.
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