Pieter van de Velde II
Probably active in Antwerp, where he must have died at the very end of the 1720s
A view of Souda Island, Crete, with two Turkish galleys and a Dutch ship
Oil on canvas : 51,6 X 60,2 cm
Frame : 59,8 X 68,0 cm
For centuries Crete had been in Venetian hands until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks during the 17th century. Souda Bay is the largest natural harbour of Crete, on its NW coast.The small island of Souda, which was completely fortified, remained Venetian until 1715, when it was also finally conquered by the Turks.
Our painting dates between 1715 (the citadel flies a Turkish flag) and the end of the 1720s (when van de Velde past away).