ANTHONISZ, Aert
(b. 1579/80, Antwerpen, d. 1620, Amsterdam)

Sea Battle between Dutch and Spanish Boats

1604
Oil on panel, diameter 22,4 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Followers of Hendrick Vroom painted historical and quasi-historical maritime events in his style. Aert Anthonisz (also called Aert van Antum) was one of them.

By the seventeenth century, the Dutch Republic had become one of the world's leading maritime powers. Like England, it too defeated the Spanish Armada, in 1588, a subject of endless popularity for Dutch patrons, shown by Aert Anthonisz. in his circular depiction of 1604.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 12 minutes):
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: The Battle, suite