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

dutch and flemish paintings book coverBy Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus

This remarkable publication will highlight 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.


Giving and Underwriting Options

You can underwrite the costs of this fascinating book with a gift to the Sponsorship Fund. Total expenses of designing, editing, and printing the book are estimated at $20,000. Donors contributing $1,000 or more will receive signed patron copies of the book and prominent recognition on the sponsor page.

This book will be produced in both hard-cover and soft-cover versions, featuring 47 colored illustrations of decorative arts, scrimshaw, prints, and paintings. It will be a wonderful addition to the libraries of scholars, schools, history enthusiasts, and art historians.

On behalf of the Scholarship and Publications Committee, thank you for your consideration and for your support of the Museum’s scholarship.

Learn about book sponsorship levels here.