|A Calm at a Mediterranean Port|
|Description |Vernet described this painting as "a sea port enriched with many figures, edifices, and maritime buildings at sunset". While Turkish merchants converse on the quay and fishermen pursue their daily activities, a Dutch warship is peacefully moored in the bay. Vernet's balanced composition, warm palette, and controlled brushwork suggest a harmony between man and nature. Together, "A calm and A storm" -its companion hanging nearby- powerfully evoke stark contrasts of weather and its effects on mind.
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