In the 16th and 17th century, paintings of fires preferably at night were very popular. Van der Poel was a specialist in this genre and was crucial in its develoment. Van der Poel had a number of followers, the best known of which is Adam Colonia, an artist who has been represented in the collection for a number of years. Van der Poel's panel unlike Colonia\'s panel which is slightly larger is dated 1658.


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