Support the Whaling Museum’s upcoming summer blockbuster exhibition! De Wind is Op!: Dutch Golden Age Master Works from the New Bedford Whaling Museum will explore the Museum’s extraordinary collections of 17th to 19th century Dutch and Flemish paintings around the themes of wind, climate, and sea. The Whaling Museum’s collection of Dutch maritime artwork is by far the largest and most important collection of such works outside of the Netherlands. They include the first-ever oil painting of a whaling scene; two iconic paintings of whale strandings on the North Sea coast, and encyclopedic images of classic bay whaling and open sea whaling in the Arctic. These works were the drivers behind the creation of a uniquely Dutch national identity as a major maritime power, an identity echoed in New Bedford in the 19th century at the height of the whaling industry. The show will include up to 50 paintings, prints, and other related artifacts drawn from the Museum’s permanent collections. The exhibition will highlight for the first time a recent acquisition of a major work by Bonaventura Peeters, and one of the oldest Dutch maritime paintings in the United States by the “P.D.P. Monogramist,” a work that was recently restored.