Abandon Ship

Shipwreck in Art


This is the most magnificent book on the art of shipwrecks ever published, an unusual and dramatic perspective on the history of art.


ISBN: 9789171265869 Category:

Carl Douglas, Björn Hagberg, Martin Widman


Abandon Ship is a dramatic, tempestuous, glorious journey through art history. Spectacular paintings have transformed shipwrecks into powerful metaphors for human vulnerability. These works depict fear and bravery, hope and desperation, life and death – and people’s struggle against immense danger. Rocky coastlines and gales could reduce human ambitions to splinters. The sea has always held a special fascination. It carried people to new continents and enabled trade and progress. But the sea, dark and stormy, also represented a threat to human life. This magnificent book takes the reader on a journey spanning several centuries, from medieval mythical disasters via Romantic tragedies to shipwrecks in the contemporary realist era. The paintings presented in the book are from many of the finest museums in the world, among them the Louvre in Paris, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The introduction is written by Christine Riding, head of the curatorial department at London’s National Gallery.

Additional information

Weight 1944 g
Dimensions 24.6 x 32.6 cm
Publisher name Bokforlaget Max Strom
Publication date 6 February 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.6 x 32.6 cm
Weight 1944 g


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Carl Douglas is a historian, an acclaimed author and a skilled diver. He is the writer of the best-selling book Ghost ships of the Baltic Sea. Björn Hagberg a marine archaeologist, researcher and author with several books to his credit. Martin Widman is an experienced science journalist who has specialized in maritime history. Christine Riding is the head of the curatorial department at London's National Gallery and has among many other texts written the book Turner and the Sea.