NOOMS, Reiner
(b. ca. 1623, Amsterdam, d. 1664, Amsterdam)

Ships off the Coast of North Africa

Oil on canvas, 31 x 37 cm
Private collection

The painter Reiner Nooms from Amsterdam specialised in maritime scenes. He signed his works with "Zeeman", as he was actually a sailor and was thus able to apply his practical knowledge of boats and the sea to his art. Nooms painted harbour views of Venice, Tunis, Tripoli, Algiers and Syracuse, as well as such Dutch cities as Zaandaam and his native Amsterdam. These, like his ship scenes, are characterized by close observation of detail.

His compositions were widely disseminated in the form of engravings.

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