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Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter (1607–1676)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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This portrait shows Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, almost full-face, in three-quarter length. He is shown wearing a black coat with gold buttons over a long-sleeved gold-brocaded waistcoat, and is clasping a commander’s baton with his right hand. Around his neck he wears a pendant depicting St Michael slaying Satan, which alludes to the Order of St Michael into which he was admitted in 1666. Following victory in the Four Days Battle, between 1 and 4 June 1666, the Amsterdam Admiralty presented de Ruyter with the gold chain and gold-filigree sword belt proudly displayed in this portrait.

National Maritime Museum





oil on canvas


H 150 x W 127 cm

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