While whaling is not my favorite maritime subject to ponder, it is an important one. Whaling provided (and in some cases still provides) needed food and supplies for people. That is why this month’s artifact of the month is a whaling painting.
The piece was painted by Bonaventura Peeters the Elder in 1645. He was a Dutch painter born in 1614. Three of his siblings were also painters; older brother Gillis and younger siblings Catharina and Jan.