National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast Ludolf Backhuysen (artist)
Dutch, 1631 - 1708
Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667
oil on canvas
overall: 114.3 x 167.3 cm (45 x 65 7/8 in.) framed: 147.3 x 146.1 x 6.4 cm (58 x 57 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1985.29.1
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From the Tour: Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s
Object 2 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting has been lined with the tacking margins trimmed. No reduction of the picture plane has occurred. A cream-colored ground, which covers the fine-weight, plain-woven support, is visible through the thinly applied paint. Thin, fluid, opaque paint layers are blended wet into wet with minimally impasted highlights and finely drawn paint lines in the rigging. The paint condition is excellent, with losses confined to the paint edges and only minor abrasion. Discolored varnish and retouchings were removed when the painting was restored in 1985.

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