Michiel Adriaanszoon Reuter is considered to be one of the greatest Commanders in Dutch naval history. He was raised to nobility by the Danish King Frederik III in 1660 as a sign of gratitude for his assistance to the Danes during the war between Denmark and Sweden 1658-60.

The portrait was executed in 1656 as part of a series of 24 paintings depicting foreign emissaries in Denmark, originally placed in Frederiksborg Castle 1656-58. It was, together with four other portraits of Dutch naval commanders, most likely taken to Sweden and Skokloster Castle as war booty in 1660 by Carl Gustaf Wrangel.


  • Title: Admiral Reuter
  • Creator: Karel van Mander III
  • Date Created: 1656
  • Location Created: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • artist: Karel van Mander III
  • Tags: Portrait, Baroque
  • Provenance: Frederiksborg Castle until 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: w 1090, h 1450 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Karel van Mander is most recognized for his work as court painter of Christian IV of Denmark. Mander first came in contact with the Danish court through his father who was a painter and weaver of tapestries. After he executed some inital paintings for the king during the early 1630s he returned to Holland to study under Rembrandt, and after that went on a study trip to Italy wich was financed by the king. Karel van Mander returned to Denmark in 1638 and settled as court painter.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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