Bonaventura Peeters

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Contemporary engraving of Bonaventure Peeters by Wenceslas Hollar
A port in Orient

Bonaventura Peeters (23 July 1614 – 25 July 1652) was a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in seascapes and shipwrecks, known as Zeekens (small seascapes).[1][2]


Peeters was born in Antwerp. A brother of the seascape painters Jan Peeters I, Gillis Peeters, and Catharina Peeters,[3] he learned to paint from his father, who became a master in Antwerp's guild of St. Luke in 1607–1608, and his earlier works are related to the tonal phase of Dutch landscape painting.[1] Later paintings, however, reflect the stronger colors of Italianate classicism.[1] This shift follows the general changes in artistic style at the time.[2] Like his brother Jan, dramatic shipwrecks with dark billowy clouds,[4] form a significant part of his oeuvre, as do serene ports and "portraits" of ships.[1][2] Also, while many of Peeters's paintings reflect actual locations, and he may have even travelled along the coast of Scandinavia, his many views of far-away Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ports reflect a growing taste for the exotic and are probably inspired from fantasy and from prints.[1][2] This tradition developed simultaneously in Flemish painting and in Dutch Golden Age painting, with many artists, including Peeters, working in both Antwerp and in the Dutch Republic.[1] Peeters died in Hoboken (Antwerp), aged 38.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Vlieghe, pp. 198–199.
  2. ^ a b c d Russell, "Peeters, Bonaventura, I."
  3. ^ Catharina Peeters in the RKD
  4. ^ Bonaventuur Peeters biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature