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National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to Hold Conference on 13-14 November in Connection with Exhibition of Dutch/Flemish Seascapes

Museum announcement

Turmoil and Tranquillity conference

13-14 November 2008

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Generously supported by The Netherlands Embassy

This international two day conference will complement the exhibition Turmoil and Tranquillity: the Sea through the Eyes of Dutch and Flemish Masters 1550-1700 (20 June 2008-11 January 2009) at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. The Museum holds one of Europe’s finest collections of Dutch and Flemish marine art from the sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. The conference aims to build both on the themes raised by the exhibition and on the expertise of academic and museum based scholars in the field.

Between 1550 and 1700 artists from the Netherlands, both Flemish and Dutch, captured the natural elements, air, light and water, in arresting images. Discovering nature for art in their new and particular way, to these artists and their contemporary audiences the sea proved a highly versatile subject in its own right, not least embracing all states of nature between storms and calms, placing their images between landscape and history painting and expressing the grand moods from turmoil to tranquillity. The genre’s success, its ability to forward ideals of national identity, concepts of nature and religious metaphor was readily acknowledged by other maritime nations, not least Britain. The most prominent example of this appreciation may be Charles II’s invitation to Willem van de Velde, the Elder, and his son, Willem, the Younger, to work as court painters in 1672/3.

Conference programme

The full programme will be announced in due course. Speakers include:

Caroline Hampton, Head of Paintings Conservation, NMM
Dr Friso Lammertse, Curator of Old Master paintings, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Dr Richard Johns, Curator of Prints and Drawing, NMM
Virginia Llado-Buisan, Head of Paper Conservation, NMM
Dr Andrew Moore, Keeper of Art & Senior Curator, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
Roger Quarm, Curator of Paintings, NMM
Gary Schwartz, founding director of CODART
Dr Martina Sitt, Head of Department of Paintings, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Dr Joaneath Spicer, The James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Dates and Times

Thursday 13 November
16.00- 20.00, gallery tour, introductory talk/lecture and canapé reception
Friday 14 November
09.30-17.00, conference papers


The conference will take place at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK.


Full Fee:  £60.00
Daily rate for 14 November only: £40.00

Student Fee: £30.00
Student daily rate for 14 November only: £20.00


To book, send an email to the address below or download the conference booking form here and send to:

Mrs Janet Norton
NMM Research Administrator
National Maritime Museum
London SE10 9NF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 8312 6716

For more information on the exhibition:



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