The Storm

  • Ludolf Backhuysen, The Storm, n.d., oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of George W. Story, 1923.8.6

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A rich but risky trade on the high seas brought a golden age to Holland in the seventeenth century. This painting shows the hazards that awaited Dutch ships, which ventured as far as Southeast Asia. A vessel has foundered on a rocky coast, its crew hanging from the rigging and bobbing in the surf. On the beach, salvagers have already begun to make away with the casks and bales that have washed ashore, even as the seamen plead for help.

Title
The Storm
Artists
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
sight 26 x 37 in. (66.0 x 94.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of George W. Story

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – ruins
  • Disaster – shipwreck
  • Disaster – storm
  • Waterscape – sea
  • Waterscape – coast
  • Figure group
Object Number
1923.8.6
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