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Dutch Ships Ramming Spanish Galleys off the Flemish Coast on October 1602.
by Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom.

Vroom was born in Haarlem. Much of what is known of his life comes from his biography by Karel van Mander, who devoted four pages to him in his "Schilder-boeck", which reads as an adventure story, complete with freezing his pants to a mountain top and nearly starving to death on a rock with a group that discussed cannibalism as a possible survival strategy. Though it is unknown at what age he started on his travels, Vroom was born into a family of artists and began his career as a pottery (faience) painter and when his mother remarried, was no older than 19 when he rebelled against his stepfather who insisted he stick to pottery painting, by boarding a ship for Spain (Sevilla) and from thence via Livorno and Florence to Rome. In Florence he was patronized around 1585–87 by Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici, later Grand Duke of Tuscany. While there he became a pupil of Paulus Bril. He went back and forth to Venice, where he earned money as a majolica painter. When he returned north, he travelled via Milan, Genoa, Albisola (a ceramics center where he again earned money painting ceramics), Turin (where he met the Haarlem painter Jan Kraeck), and Lyon (via a mountain pass where his pants froze to the summit rock). From there he travelled to Paris, where he met a painter from Leiden, and from there he went to Rouen, where he became mortally ill but was saved by a woman who bandaged his head. There he boarded a ship homewards and was back in Haarlem in 1590, the year he married, before travelling to Danzig (now Gdansk) to visit his uncle, Frederick Henricksz, who was city architect there, and where he painted an altarpiece. During his next journey, this time to Portugal, he survived shipwreck and possibly murder as "an English pirate" by being recognized as a Catholic from his salvaged devotional paintings that convinced the monks on the beach that he and his companions were not heathen Protestants (Vroom, having been to Italy, had coached his fellow survivors in the catechism). Having been granted free passage, Vroom travelled to St. Huves (Setubal), where he recorded his adventures in a painting that he sold to a painter there. When he decided to return to Haarlem, he got off the ship at the last minute due to a premonition, being called a "crazy painter". The ship sank in the Øresund near Helsingor and Vroom was reported dead in Haarlem. However, he had written to his wife, who thus discovered he was still alive. He eventually died in Haarlem, in his late seventies.

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Dutch Ships Ramming Spanish Galleys off the Flemish Coast on October 1602

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The Arrival at Vlissingen of the Elector Paltinate Frederick.

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