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Cornelis Claesz. van Wieringen

( Haarlem  ca. 1575 - 1633 )

Battle of Gibraltar, 25 april 1607

oil on panel, 48.6 x 114.8 cm, modello for the painting in NMM Amsterdam, which is dated 1622
signed l.r.: fcw
purchased for the National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

The present work is a modello, or finished oil sketch, for the composition that van Wieringen was commissioned to paint for Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, now in the Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. It depicts the celebrated sea-battle that took place in the Bay of Cadiz on the 25th April, 1607 and which became a crucial event in the history of the Netherlands' fight for independence against the Spanish. During the Eighty-year War, the Dutch fleet, led by Admiral Jacob van Heemskerck, surprised the Spanish fleet that was anchored off the coast of Gibraltar. Within four hours, Don Juan d'Alvares d'Avila's entire fleet was destroyed. In the present modello the ship on the left hand side most likely represents Captain Adriaen Roest's ship; while to the right of this the two Dutch men o'war under the command of Symon and Cornelis Madder can be seen going alongside the Spanish Vice-Admiral's three-master . Vice-Admiral Laurens Jacobsz. Alteras's flagship is depicted on the right, before the coast of Cadiz. It is thought that Abraham de Verwer was also asked to paint a modello for the Battle of Gibraltar.

Acquired by the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Maritime Museum, and The Hague, The Mauritshuis, Terugzien in Bewondering, 1982, no. 95
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen and Berlin. Gemäldegalerie im Bodesmuseum, Lof der Zeevaart. De Hollandse zeeschilders van de 17e eeuw, 1996-97, cat. no. 10


L.J. Bol, Die Holländische Marinemalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts, Brunswick, 1973, p.30
The Hague, The Mauritshuis, Terugzien in Bewondering, 1982, pp. 232-3, cat. no. 95
M. Russel, Visions of the Sea. Hendrick C. Vroom and the origins of the Dutch marine Painting, Leiden, 1983, p.202, note 2
G.S. Keyes, et. al., Mirror of Empire. Dutch Marine art of the seventeenth Century, The Hague, 1990, p. 428
R.J.W.M. Brand, 'Bedreven in de konst van shepen ende see. De marineschilderkunst van Cornelis Claesz. van Wieringen', in Antiek, 30, 1995, pp. 201-3, ill. fig. 6
J. Giltaij and J. Kelch, Lof der Zeevaart, De Hollandse zeeschilders van de 17e eeuw, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1996-7, pp. 108-9, cat. no. 10, illustrated
S.P. Sigmond and W. Kloek, Naval battles and heroes in the Golden Age (Amsterdam, 2007), p. 39, illustrated, fig. 23

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