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A Man of War between Two Armed Galleys (A Fleet of Galleys Escorted by a Caravel)

Bruegel, well known for his contribution to the development of landscape and genre subjects in the sixteenth century, is also notable for his treatment of marine subjects, which became an increasingly popular topic for artists in the succeeding century. Reflecting the growing deployment of ships for military use and for exploration, this engraving of a Man of War is from a series of eleven plates depicting warships, which are based on Bruegel’s designs.

Frans Huys
Flemish, ca. 1522–before 1562
after Pieter Bruegel I
Flemish, ca. 1525–1569
A Man of War between Two Armed Galleys (A Fleet of Galleys Escorted by a Caravel) from The Sailing Vessels
1561–65
Engraving and etching on paper
Image: 8 11/16 x 11 1/4 in. (22.1 x 28.6 cm); sheet: 8 13/16 x 11 3/8 in. (22.4 x 28.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 86.8