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Ludolf Backhuysen : “Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast” (1667)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Allegorical representations of the fragility of life permeated the art of the Dutch Golden Age, and marine art was no exception. Cargo vessels of the type depicted in Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast were the main conduit for Dutch prosperity, yet they were vulnerable to the shifting seas. In the foreground a sunken ship’s mast sinks below the waves, yet the light of clear skies floods in from the left, offering hope to the surviving sailors. In 1672 the political seas would indeed turn hostile for the Dutch, who lost not only territory, but also their republic, to simultaneous wars with France and Britain.

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