(b. ca. 1584, Ghent, d. 1632, Zoeterwoude)

Shipping in Stormy Seas

Oil on canvas, 55 x 100 cm
Private collection

Porcellis specialised in marine paintings, or seascapes. While the traditional seascape was usually a 'portrait' of a certain ship or an 'account' of a naval battle, Porcellis concentrated mainly on the rendering of light and atmosphere. The ships play a subordinate role.

Porcellis used only a few colours, mostly shades of grey-blue and brown. He was thus one of the first practitioners of the 'tonal' manner of painting popular in the 1630s both in landscapes and still lifes.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 10 minutes):
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in E flat major RV 253 op. 8 No. 5 (Storm at sea)