The three-masted ship rises imposingly out of the waters of the Veerse Gat between the islands of Walcheren and Noord-Beveland. The contours of the city of Veere and its port can be seen on the right behind a thick mist. The soft, golden light in particular gives the painting its pleasant atmosphere. The ship is depicted with great detail; its elaborately decorated hull and the graphic play of lines of the sheets stand in strong contrast to this atmosphere. As a seafaring nation, the fleet was the source of the Netherlands' military strength and the prosperity the country had reached in the 17th century. It also provided marine painters such as Jacob Adriaensz. Bellevois with powerful themes for their sought-after seascapes. Bellevois painted this three-master on two other occasions, which undoubtedly attests to the regard his contemporaries had for this motif.
Our owners, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, belong to one of Europe’s oldest noble houses. As a successful entrepreneurial family, it has a distinctly long-term perspective that is reflected pictorially in the Princely Collections.