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Giftset: Zeeslag bij Gibraltar


The gift set “Battle of Gibraltar”, inspired by the largest painting of the collection of the National Maritime Museum, includes a map of cards, a set of magnets and an A5 notebook.

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An impressive painting, “Zeeslag bij Gibraltar” (“Naval Battle of Gibraltar”, 1622) by Cornelis van Wieringen is the largest work in the collection of the Scheepvaartmuseum: “Zeeslag bij Gibraltar” (Naval Battle of Gibraltar).  This canvas measures in at no less than five meters of width and two meters of height!

The piece tells a historical tale. On April 25, 1607, some thirty Dutch warships attacked the Spanish fleet anchoring in the Bay of Gibraltar. Twelve Spanish ships went under and thousands of soldiers on board were killed or drowned. The defeat during this naval battle was so great that the Spaniards opted for a truce with the powerful Dutch nation. Sadly, at the time Van Wieringen had completed this painting, the war had already been resumed.

The National Maritime Museum

The collection of The Dutch National Maritime Museum is one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world. Here, you can learn about 500 years of Dutch maritime history and discover its strong links with the society of today and the future. Admire its extensive collections of paintings, navigation instruments, ship models and maps of the world. The collection’s eye-catcher is undoutedly the replica of the East Indiaman moored in front of the museum building. Large cargo ships like this one were used to transport spices, porcelain, tea, silk and textiles from Asia to Europe. But the range of exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum is wider than simply showcasing artefacts of the past. Cotemporary art and photography, an exhibition about the whale and interactive and virtual reality experiences are also featured at the museum.

The National Maritime Museum boasts a large collection of historical instruments that were used at sea. You can buy replicas of many of these instruments in our museum shop. Have a look at the full collection and take your pick!


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