The Breach of the Saint Anthony’s Dike near Amsterdam, Jan Asselijn, 1651

The Breach of the Saint Anthony’s Dike near Amsterdam, Jan Asselijn, 1651

oil on canvas, h 85.5cm × w 108.2cm More details

During the night of 4-5 March 1651 the Saint Anthony’s Dike was breached near Amsterdam. Jan Asselijn portrayed the fiercely flowing water with a strong sense of drama. The billowing cloak of the man at the left shows that the storm is not yet over, however the squalls are already moving on at the right. The vivid red contrasts sharply with the bright blue of the parting clouds.

On display in room 2.27

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