Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum

By Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus

dutch and flemish paintings book coverPurchase Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum online or in the Museum’s gift store The White Whale. Available in both hard-cover and soft-cover versions.

This remarkable publication highlights the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Collection of Old Master paintings, one of the crown jewels of the Collection. The artworks represent one of history’s most remarkable eras of cultural, artistic, nautical, and scientific florescence: The Dutch Golden Age, and include some of the earliest marine paintings in North America, as well as the first-ever oil painting of a whaling scene.

These works are by far the largest and most important maritime collection outside the Netherlands and are, without rival, the envy of even the great institutional collections in England and Holland. Featured artists include: Esaias van de Velde, Cornelis Verbeeck, Heerman Witmont, Abraham Matthuys, and Adam Willaerts – to name a few.

In line with the current renaissance of a Dutch and Flemish Art movement in New England, the Museum will aim to partner with institutions such as the Museum of Fine Art and the Harvard Art Museum on sharing exhibitions as well as this book.