Miniatures in Maritime Art

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    Sam Willis

      The Society’s latest featured work of maritime art is a miniature painting by the Dutch artist Aert Anthonisz, also known as Aart van Antum. The painting raises the interesting question of miniatures in maritime art. My question concerns the rise and fall of the phenomenon of such small paintings, with particular regard to maritime art. Does it exist as an independent school? If so, when did it first appear and why? For all of its technical challenges, both in terms of depicting ships, the sea and the weather, the maritime world is a particularly difficult one to depict in miniature. Did any artists particularly specialise in this and why did they start to produce miniatures? Was there a sudden surge in demand? Any thoughts gratefully received.

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