Antwerp 1590 – Antwerp 1652
Ships entering a fortified Harbour
Signed with monogram ‘A†A’ and dated ‘163 .’ | Lower middle
Oil on panel
H. 18,5 cm. | W. 36,5 cm.
With Rob Kattenburg | Bergen | The Netherlands;
Private collection | Switzerland
With dendrochronological research of the panel by Prof. Dr. Klein
This charming marine picture is signed with a monogram ‘A†A’. The RKD records several variation of Eertvelt’s name, such als ‘Aertvelt’, ‘Artevelde’, ‘Art(e)velt’, ‘and Alfelt’ (also see Houbraken, 1718, p. 217). Eertvelt signed all his notarial deeds himself as ‘Andries van Artvelt’ and monogrammed his work with ‘AVA‘. Around 1627 he went to Genoa, where he worked for Cornelis de Wael. He returned to Antwerp around 1630 and sat for Anthony van Dyck, who painted his portrait in 1632 (collection Schaezlerpalais, Augsburg). After panel research by Prof. Dr. Klein, the picture can be dated to 1632 as well. His later works, after his return form Italy, generally became much calmer in feel and softer of tone, focusing on Southern views.