Restoration reveals hidden whale in 17th-century Dutch painting

   
   
For centuries, art historians have wondered about an otherwise unremarkable seaside painting by the 17th-century Dutch master Hendrick van Anthonissen: Why are clusters of people gathered on the beach and on the nearby cliffs in obviously unpleasant winter weather looking at nothing?

 
Whale tale: a Dutch seascape and its lost Leviathan
 

 

WHALE PAINTING

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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