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Allegory of the Triumph of the Netherlands over Spain

Artist:
Jan (Pietersz.) Saenredam (Netherlandish, Zaandam 1565–1607 Assendelft)
Date:
1600
Medium:
Engraving
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.6665
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.

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