The Ship of Fortune, 1633

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Rembrandt occasionally received requests to illustrate books. This allegorical etching appeared in Elias Herckman's "Der Zee-Vaert Lof," a verse history of seafaring exploits that extended back to Noah and the Ark. The undulating baroque composition is a complex evocation of Augustus's defeat of Marc Antony. Weary of battle, the horse sinks to the ground. The event ushered in an era of peaceful maritime trade. Rembrandt gave himself a cameo role, using his own likeness for the image of Janus, the two-faced god whose temple was closed to mark the arrival of peace in Rome.

Details
Title
The Ship of Fortune
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.1,274
Provenance
Signature in black ink verso, General de Montford (L. 1822); also black stamp verso, Montford (L. 1035).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 106 iii/iii; B.111; Mz.256 ii/iii; Holl. III ii/ii; B-B. 33-E ii/ii
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