Allegory on the Defeat of the Duke of Alva at Brielle

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1580

Artist:

Artist unknown
Northern or Southern Netherlands, late 16th century

About this artwork

Political broadsheets invoked news and religious polemics. This satirical engraving represents the April 1, 1572, dispatching of the ferocious Duke of Alva and his troops from Brielle, a small Dutch village—a major turning point in the Netherlands’s conflict with Spain. The Dutch and German word for glasses (Brille) is phonetically close to the town’s name. The bespectacled geese represent its saviors, a group of Calvinist Dutch nobles who used guerrilla tactics. They burn a monstrance, chalice, and crucifix on the left, and rout the foxes—often associated with the evils of the Catholic Church during the Reformation—in the background.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Allegory on the Defeat of the Duke of Alva at Brielle

Origin

Flanders

Date

1580

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

180 × 277 mm (plate); 196 × 293 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1944.584

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