Four-Master and Two Three-Masters Anchored near a Fortified Island with a Lighthouse, from The Sailing Vessels

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1560–62, published 1665

Artist:

Frans Huys (Flemish, c. 1522-1562)
after Pieter Bruegel, the elder (Flemish, 1525/30-1569)
published by Hieronymus Cock (Flemish, c. 1510–1570)

About this artwork

The impressive detail and accuracy of the ships represented in this engraving suggest that Bruegel probably made studies of vessels in the Antwerp harbor. He carefully renders the intricacy of rigging, the geometry of masts, and curved hulls. Bruegel’s interest in such vessels belonged to a wider fascination among Antwerp citizens with the shipping trade and naval power that had become so central to the city’s booming economy. Residents of this maritime hub took great pride in the engineering of its ships and the expertise of its sailors and navigators.

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Artist

Franz Huys

Title

Four-Master and Two Three-Masters Anchored near a Fortified Island with a Lighthouse, from The Sailing Vessels

Origin

Flanders

Date

1560–1562

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

222 × 288 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1942.530

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