This work is entitled 'Calm: Dutch Ships coming to Anchor' by Willem van de Velde the Younger, who died #onthisday in 1707.
Born in 1633 in Leiden, Willem van de Velde the Younger was the son of the marine artist Willem van de Velde the elder (1611-93). This work is one of the most important works produced by the Van de Velde workshop during its Dutch period, before the family moved to England in 1671 – 2.
The ship in the left foreground flies the flag and pendant of the Commander-in-Chief of the Dutch fleet. It has been identified as the Liefde, commanded by Cornelis Tromp who was briefly Commander of the Fleet in 1665. On the far right sails the Leeuwarden, and in the distance the tower of Brandaris on the island of Terschelling can just be discerned.
The painting commemorates the seafaring prowess of the Dutch in the seventeenth century.