Art that visualizes New York’s Dutch past

17 Nov

On October 17, I happened to watch on Channel 13 a show that was perfect for this blog: Hudson River Journeys. It profiles two people who love the Hudson River: One is Pete Seeger, who instigated the building of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in 1969 as an environmental project for cleaning up the Hudson.

Pete Seeger on the sloop Clearwater

Pete Seeger on the sloop Clearwater

The other person is an artist named Len Tantillo, who specializes in historical art of New York. Looking at his Web site brought home to me the rather small scale of ships such as sloops and the schooners in my “Schooners and Sampans” dream of September 21. His painting Castle Island particularly had that effect; the accompanying text says “that the Dutch built very few dock structures and that offloading small craft was often accomplished by beaching vessels at high tide, moving cargos at low tide and sailing off with the returning high tide.”

"Castle Island," Len Tantillo

"Castle Island," Len Tantillo

I like windmills, so I was also pleased to find this painting depicting the tip of Manhattan in 1685:

"Fort Amsterdam," Len Tantillo

"Fort Amsterdam," Len Tantillo

And today I smiled at a little synchronicity: I was outdoors for only a few minutes today, but a big DHL truck drove by. Part of DHL’s branding is that it adorns each truck with an image from another country. I hadn’t seen this one before; it was a windmill and captioned “Amsterdam.”

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