Willem van de Velde the Younger (Willem van de Velde de Jonge) (until 18 Dec 1633, Leiden — April 6, 1707, Greenwich) was a Dutch artist, most famous and most talented artist of the family van de Velde. It was called the Raphael of marine painting.
Willem studied under his father, Willem VA de Velde the Elder shipbuilding and figure, then studied painting Simon de Flieger. In the first half of his life, Willem van de Velde the Younger was engaged in the depiction of the victories of the Dutch fleet. In 1677 he entered the service of the English king Charles II. After the death of Charles II for some time, returned to Holland, but was soon again called to serve in England, king James II. The artist famous for his paintings depicting a calm sea with a magic reflection of the surface of the water and sea battles. His works are kept in the London national gallery and in private English collections at the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, the Hague, Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Paris. In the Hermitage there are three paintings of Willem van de Velde the Younger. In addition to paintings, he left many drawings, the number of which exceeds 8000.