MINDERHOUT, Hendrik van
(b. 1632, Rotterdam, d. 1696, Antwerpen)

The Handelskom at Bruges

Oil on canvas, 159,5 x 237 cm
Groeninge Museum, Bruges

Alongside the Van Oosts, a number of painters of lesser renown were active in Bruges in the mid-17th century. Only a few were of any real importance. Hendrik van Minderhout, a painter of seascapes, came from Rotterdam. This large seascape, The Handelskom (town docks) at Bruges, was probably painted in 1665, when the new harbour was inaugurated.