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Marine, maritime or nautical art is a term that refers to any artwork that is inspired by the ocean or the seashore. Paintings, sculptures and sketches of this type have been around for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. In modern times, the ocean and seashore have been popular subjects for photographic artwork. You can also find recreations of some of the older pieces. They are popular for decorating.
There is no way to even guess the total number of maritime artistic pieces around today. This is a look at some of the more famous works but it is by no means an all-inclusive list of the best pieces out there. Much has to do with personal taste. The pieces described here are some of my favorites.
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is an oil painting by the Dutch Master Rembrandt. The painting was completed in 1633 and is a depiction of a Biblical Story concerning one of Jesus’ miracles, the calming of the Sea of Galilee. It is the only piece of nautical art ever done by Rembrandt.
The original was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston in 1990, but that’s not the only thing that makes the painting an interesting conversation piece. There are 14 people on the ship. There should have been 13, Jesus and his 12 disciples. It is believed that Rembrandt painted himself on the ship, although the artist never confirmed the theory.
Odysseus and the Sirens on Greek Pottery
Odysseus and the Sirens have been depicted in many kinds of artwork. One of the most famous and one of the earliest examples of nautical art is the depiction that adorns a piece of ancient Greek pottery called a stamnos. The original stamnos sits in the British Museum where there is a large collection of red-figured Attic pottery, a style that was used by pottery artists between 480 and 470 BC.
The background of the vessel is black and the illustrations are somewhat orange in color today, although they were red at one time. Replicas of all sizes can be purchased for a reasonable price and make an excellent choice for decorating the home. Small replicas look nice in a shadow box while larger replicas look great on a corner pedestal.
A single person stands on the beach, looking out at the ocean. A sailboat floats in the blue sea.The sky is silver-gray in color. There are distinct lines separating the beach, the ocean and the sky.The scene is quite peaceful. A print would work well in any room of a vacation home, especially when light blue and sand colors are used for decorating.
This theme actually works well in any home, whether it is located by the beach or in a busy suburb. Scenes like the one depicted in Harmony in Blue and Silver add beauty and a sense of tranquility to any room.
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