(b. 1624, Mechelen, d. 1698, The Hague)

Bust of Admiral Michiel Adriaensz. de Ruyter

Terracotta, colour-washed, height 37 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676) is one of the most famous admirals in Dutch history. De Ruyter is most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. The sculptor Rombout Verhulst was commissioned by the States General to create a tomb for De Ruyter. Verhulst probably made this clay head as a detailed study for the tomb.

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