Stadhouders in beeld

Edited by Sabine Graft-Giepmans, Charles Dumas

Simon Groenveld and Elmer Koldin


Paperback, 224 pp.

ISBN 90-5613-069-2

Year of publication: 2006


Reviews of Stadhouders in Beeld

In 2007, a special issue of the Jaarboek Oranje-Nassau 2006 appeared. It was edited by Sabine Graft-Giepmans, Charles Dumas, Simon Groenveld and Elmer Kaolin and is devoted to the image building of the Dutch Stadtholders in the Early Modern era. The volume consists of seven essays and an introduction by Kaolin and Groenveld. The Jaarboek (annual) comprises the proceedings of a conference held in 2005 in the Museum Het Prinsenhof in Delft, a museum devoted to the history of the Oranje-Nassau family, housed in the building where William the Silent was murdered in 1584.

(...) Stadhouders in Beeld is a richly illustrated volume that confirms once again that a broad, historical reading of art ought to precede all other interpretations and explanations. By placing the vast imagery of the Stadtholders from the 1560s to the late seventeenth century in perspective, this volume surely broadens our understanding of the phenomenon. 
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(...) Stadhouders in beeld is devoted to an important part of this political imagery: the printed depictions of the Dutch stadholder ('place-keepers') of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

(...)  These essays pay attention to five different stadholders: William I, Maurice, Frederick, Henry, William II and William III. The first of them, Prince William of Orange, had been appointed Stadholder in 1559 by Philip II, representing the King, who was also Lord of the Netherlands, in the Low Countries. (...) In the first essay Daniel Horst examines the image of Prince William I in 'propaganda prints' from the early years of the Dutch Revolt (c. 1566-84), a field already explored in his dissertation of 2003. In these prints, distinguished by the author from so-called 'news prints' that illustrate historical events more or less neutrally, William is depicted for the first time around 1569. 

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