Portrait of Michiel de Ruyter (1607-1676)

Ferdinand Bol1667


Den Haag, Netherlands

Michiel de Ruyter, Admiral of the Dutch Fleet, won a glorious battle against the English in the Four Days’ Battle of 1666. To commemorate this victory, he had his portrait painted by the Amsterdam portraitist Bol. In the background is a seascape with De Ruyter’s flagship.

The portrait is still in its original seventeenth-century frame. It is a gilded trophy frame boasting a wonderful collection of weaponry: drums, flags, cannons and powder kegs. De Ruyter’s coat of arms is displayed in the top centre.


  • Title: Portrait of Michiel de Ruyter (1607-1676)
  • Creator: Bol, Ferdinand
  • Date Created: 1667
  • Physical Dimensions: h157 cm x w135 cm
  • Provenance: Admiralty Chamber, Amsterdam, 1667-1798; 's Lands Zeemagazijn, Amsterdam, 1798-after 1818; Ministry of the Navy, The Hague, after 1818-1894 (until 1889 in the 'marinemodellenkamer', 1889-1894 on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam); acquired by exchange with the Rijksmuseum for another portrait of the same sitter attributed to Bol (Mauritshuis inv. no. 18), 1894
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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