Jan Porcellis

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Vessels in a Strong Wind, 1630, by Jan Porcellis

Jan Porcellis (1583/5 – 29 January 1632)[1] was a Dutch marine artist.

Porcellis was born in Ghent. He was the father of the marine artist Julius Porcellis (they shared a similar repertoire of subjects and an identical signature monogram), and is generally agreed to be the more fluent artist, particularly in his sense of space and his tonal palette (subtler than his son's). He later painted in Rotterdam in 1605 and a year later in London, he later painted in Antwerp in 1617 and later in Middelburg, Harlem and Amsterdam.

He was the pupil of Simon de Vlieger. Willem van Diest was reportedly a follower. Hendrick van Anthonissen was his brother in law and Hans Goderis was a pupil.

He died at Zoeterwoude.


  • Ships in a Storm on a Rocky Coast (c. 1614-18)
  • Dutch Vessels in a Strong Breeze (1618), National Maritime Museum, London
  • Dutch Ships in a Gale (c. 1620)
  • Stormy Seas (1629), Alte Pinakothek, Munich
  • Vessels in a Moderate Breeze (c. 1629), Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Seascape (c. 1630), Hermitage, Saint Petersburg
  • Fisherman Hauling Nets (1630)
  • Vessels in the Strong Winds (c. 1630)
  • Single-Masted Damlooper and Rowboat on a Breezy Day, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
  • Shipping in Stormy Seas
  • Calmy Seas, Musée des beaux-arts de Bordeaux


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