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Visual delights: Dutch models of ships and boats

Ship models may never have the emotional or imaginative power of a seascape painting by Ivan Aivazovsky. Even so, they can be a delight to look at. Dutch models from the 19th and 18th centuries are so well crafted that they bring to life real ships and boats that have...

Dutch marine art: great drawings of boats and ships

Mention the Netherlands (or Holland) and some things immediately come to mind. Windmills, canals and dykes, tulips, clogs (called klompen by the Dutch and immortalised by Vincent van Gogh in his 1889 painting), and cheese. The list of Dutch cultural icons would not be...

Mother and child by the sea: art to honour mothers

Few themes in art are as enduring and inspiring as that of mother and child. Throughout the centuries, the subject has seen many iterations, either religious or secular. Its fascination to artists and humanity as a whole is not at all surprising. Works of art...

Ballet at sea: six striking paintings of sailboats

I know very little about ballet, and I have never been to a ballet performance. However, sailboats make me think automatically of ballerinas — like the ones depicted by the great French artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, in his 1885 painting Ballet Dancers (pictured...

Exquisite Japanese marine art in everyday objects

It must be in the Japanese DNA. How else can one explain the fact that the Japanese have such a strong artistic sense? They seem to immerse themselves in beauty, even making the viewing of cherry blossoms a national pastime. Not content with admiring the beauty of...