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The arrival of Frederik V of the Palantine and Elizabeth Stuart in Flushing on 29 April 1613

Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom1623

Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum
Haarlem, Netherlands

One of the largest paintings in the Frans Hals Museum: a view of Vlissingen, with numerous ships in the foreground. It depicts the arrival from England of the young newlyweds Prince Frederick V of the Palatinate and the English princess Elizabeth Stuart. They made the crossing on the Prince Royal (left of centre), accompanied by a fleet of English vessels. Princes Maurice and Frederick Henry formed the reception committee: their Orange vessel lies in the centre foreground. The newly married couple are being rowed into the harbour aboard a fine sloop. They subsequently continued their journey to Heidelberg, where they were to live. The event was a significant one for the United Provinces: Frederick V symbolized the Protestant cause against the Spanish aggressor and the Catholic inquisition. Holland, after all, was still at war with Spain. Shortly after this event, the Republic signed a treaty with the Union of Protestant German rulers. Hendrick Vroom of Haarlem, who painted this huge canvas, is regarded as the father of Dutch maritime painting.

Details

  • Title: The arrival of Frederik V of the Palantine and Elizabeth Stuart in Flushing on 29 April 1613
  • Creator: Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom
  • Date Created: 1623
  • Physical Dimensions: Canvas, 203 × 409 cm
  • Type: Painting; marine
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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