Dutch Ships in a Calm Sea

Dutch Ships in a Calm Sea is a 1665 oil-on-canvas painting by Dutch marine artist Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633–1707). The son of Willem van de Velde the Elder, who also specialized in marine art, he was first instructed by his father and later by Simon de Vlieger.[1]

Dutch Ships in a Calm Sea
The titular painting
ArtistWillem van de Velde the Younger
Mediumoil painting on oak panel
Dimensions35.7 cm × 43.3 cm (14.1 in × 17 in)
LocationRijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Most of Van de Velde's work represents shipping off the coast of the Netherlands. The vessels are painted with extremely intricate detail, providing a high-quality record of shipping in the period. He also excelled in his renderings of the sea and sky under various weather conditions. This painting is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.[2]


  1. ^ "Willem van de Velde 1633 - 1707". nationalgallery.org.uk. National Gallery. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Hollandse schepen op een kalme zee, Willem van de Velde (II), ca. 1665" (in Dutch). Rijksmuseum. Retrieved 16 May 2020.