Cornelis de Wael (Antwerp 1592 - Rome 1667), workshop
Night battle between the fleets of the Dutch Republic and England (during the Anglo-Dutch wars)
oil on copper, cm. 59 x 74
with frame cm. 83 x 98
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The high-quality painting on offer, depicting a naval battle between the English and Dutch fleets, is comparable to the abundant production with a similar subject made by the flourishing studio of the painter of Flemish origin, but naturalized Genoese, Cornelis De Wael (Antwerp 1592 - Rome 1667) .
Specializing in 'bambocciate' and scenes of everyday life, characterized by careful observations on the customs and habits of his time, the painter also adheres to a figurative repertoire which earned him the reputation of a virtuoso of battles not only in Italy , but also to the Spanish court.
On the other hand, there are numerous examples relating to this part of his activity, always supported by the characteristic ability to animate groups of very complex characters, with such inventive ease, that he is not obliged to resort to repetition. or carbonless.
Naval battles are therefore one of the recurring oars in his works, to such an extent that if Genoa, in the middle of the 17th century, presents itself as the place in Italy where the maritime figurative culture is most felt, it is precisely due at the De Wael Workshop.
The scene offered is intensely dramatic and vivid, with cold, lunar light filtering through dark clouds and fumes spread by fire from a ship, which accentuate and contribute to the overall feeling of competitive vigor in the painting. The background tones of the whole composition, dark but at the same time intense and brilliant, accentuated by the intense red spots which characterize the drawing, increase the terrible character of this nocturnal shock.
The particular copper support then allows the entire palette to be savored in its chromatic and luminous values, characterized by great intensity.
By illustrating episodes like this one, but with a compositional fantasy always appreciated, the painter often associated himself with the most famous maritime battles. In addition to the famous Battle of Lepanto (from 1571, between Christians and Ottomans), painted several times by De Wael, in our case we see represented one of the battles of the war between the Dutch, then the Republic of the Seven United Provinces, and Great Britain, fought by the two powers for maritime commercial domination of the colonies, from 1652 to 1784.
The work is presented in an excellent state of conservation, facilitated by the copper support, completed by a precious gilded frame made to measure, not contemporary with the painting.
Complete painting with certificate of authenticity in accordance with the law.
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Naval Battle Between Fleets, Cornelis De Wael,
Dimensions : 83 x 98 cm
Number of copies : 1
Delivery time : 1 week