Allegory of the Triumph of the Netherlands over Spain
- Jan (Pietersz.) Saenredam (Netherlandish, Zaandam 1565–1607 Assendelft)
- Sheet: 16 11/16 × 19 7/8 in. (42.4 × 50.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
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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.