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Title A Sea Battle between Christians and Barbary Corsairs
Alternative Title The Battle of Lepanto
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Eertvelt, Andries van (Flemish painter, 1590-1652)
Date Earliest about 1615
Date Latest about 1620
Description The Battle of Lepanto was fought between Christian forces and the Turks, the former commanded by Don John of Austria, on 7 October 1571. The Christians won.

Andies van Eertvelt was born in Antwerp and it is likely that he was the pupil of H. C. Vroom. His early work is colourful and has a bright clarity. After staying in Italy, his work became looser, his canvases larger, and his palette more subdued. One of his particular techniques was to paint the rigging of ships bright against a dark background, a device which was later imitated.

Current Accession Number 1933P311
Former Accession Number P.31133
Subject marine; history (Battle of Lepanto)
Measurements 143.5 x 221 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Baron Graham Ash 1933.
Provenance Robert Hamilton sale, Fosters, London, 15 March 1832, as The Battle of Lepanto; a clever composition painted with great care, bought by Pittar, 8 18s.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 55, ill.
Notes The identification was suggested by Captain E. C. Palmer who dates the work between 161'B. Peters' (Bonaventura Peeters I, Flemish artist) to 'Ertvelt' in the RKDH copy of the Foster's catalogue.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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