Allegory of the Triumph of the Netherlands over Spain
Jan (Pietersz.) Saenredam (Netherlandish, Zaandam 1565–1607 Assendelft)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Not on view
This print glorifies the victory of the Dutch Republic in the battle at Nieuwpoort in 1600. Although this success did not mark a turning point in the republic's war with Spain, the event was joyously celebrated at the time in prints. In Saenredam's engraving, a triumphal chariot, driven by the allegorical figures Prudence and Victory and pulled by Concord and Vigilance, carries the Dutch lion holding aloft a sword that symbolizes the defense of the nation. The orange tree at the back of the chariot, which bears the coat of arms of the house of Nassau-Orange in its branches, relates to Maurits, prince of Nassau-Orange, who commanded the Dutch troops at that time.
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 17, 2007–January 6, 2008.
Artist: Jan (Pietersz.) Saenredam (Netherlandish, Zaandam 1565–1607 Assendelft)Date: n.d.Medium: Engraving; first state (inscription of last stanza has been covered with a sheet of paper with the correct stanza inscribed in brown ink)Accession: 62.602.799.4On view in:Not on view