Offered by Jean Moust
Attributed to Cornelis de Wael and workshop
Antwerp 1592 – 1667 Rome
A naval battle between Christian and Turkish ships
Oil on canvas : 118,5 X 171,5 cm
Frame : 133,9 X 186,3 cm
Cornelis de Wael was a highly important Flemish painter who had settled in Italy, in Genoa and in Rome. Genoa was an important satellite of Spain, as the Spaniards used its fleet and its money. De Wael and his studio assistants regularly painted such a sea battles between Christian (Spanish and Genovese) and Turkish ships. These paintings are usually attributed in full to the master, to Cornelis de Wael himself, although there is probably only just one fully signed painting known by him.