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View of the port - Paul Bril. 107x151
Born in Antwerp, Paul Bril (1554-1626) moved to Rome at the age of twenty, where he was influenced by Italian art. However, his work relates more likely to the South Dutch school, and this picture is especially: it resembles the light, carefully written out and at the same time landscapes of Peter Brueghel the Elder shrouded in a single air.
With Bruegel marine species began in his homeland, whose life was closely connected with the sea, the art of marina, which has grown in a whole direction in Dutch and Flemish painting. The marine brill in detail depicted on his canvas a large ship and the light green water of the bay, which is plowed by light waves with milk scallops. In the clear air visible distant port facilities and ships in the background. Closer to the viewer there are characters animating the landscape: they are busy with their own affairs, forming genre scenes in the picture. The work is designed in bluish-greenish tones, but the red details of the clothes and flags flash bright spots. Lines of ship's gears create a whimsical graphic drawing, and the whole painting is thorough, detailed, and therefore rather dry: the master not only conveys the feeling of the sea as a natural element, but tells the story of life near it.