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Title-page with title inscribed on an architectural monument at portal centre, flanked by four terms: Mars drawing his sword with personification of Victory in profile at left, and Mercury carrying caduceus with personification of Peace in profile at right; portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain appears atop arch in profile and enframed by oak and laurel wreath, buttressed by two horns of plenty, with Cybele and a lion at left and Oceanus at right; Evening Star above, with Aurora and Luna driving chariots at left and right; in pediment appears Philip IV, enthroned, presenting Commander's baton to Ferdinand; between them an eagle spreads its wings and a lion holds a globe, with the personification of Public Welfare behind Ferdinand at right; after Peter Paul Rubens; title-page to Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus" (Antwerp, 1641)
Engraving and etching
- Production date
- 1635-1641 (c.)
Height: 495 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 649 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 333 millimetres
Width: 543 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the title-page of a series of forty-three illustrations for Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus" (published in Antwerp in 1641). The series records the decorations designed by Rubens and installed on the occasion of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand's triumphal entry into Antwerp as the new Governor of the Spanish Netherlands in 1635. The engravings depict the temporary arches and stages erected along the procession route, along with the paintings, sculptures, festoons, and banners that adorned them. Theodor van Thulden engraved all of the plates with the exception of two executed by Jacques Neefs, including this frontispiece and a portrait of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand (Plate 2). Van Thulden also assumed the expenses for printing the book, initially contracted to Balthasar Moretus, but eventually taken up by Jan van Meurs. With considerable delay the volume appeared in January 1643, after the death of Ferdinand in 1641. So as not to appear a posthumous work, the city magistrates ammended the date in the Dedication to 18 July 1641; several books, however, do contain a colophon with 1642. The text volume (245.a.3) contains many illustrations of Roman coins. An additional plate with the view of Antwerp by an anonymous printmaker has been added to this album following Plate 3.
See additional single sheet impressions: 1895,1031.423; 1873,0510.3600; 1869,0410.985; 1863,0808.123; and 1871,1209.4795.
Lit.: J.R. Martin, The Decorations for the Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi, Corpus Rubenianum XVI, London-New York, 1972; Sabine van Sprang, in 'Rubens: A Genius at Work', exhib.cat. Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, 2007, pp.239-249.
P. Arents, in 'De Gulden Passer' XXVII (1949), pp.81-348.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Entry of Cardinal Infante Ferdinand of Austria into Antwerp 1635 (17 April)
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Pompa Introitus Honori Serenissimi Principis Ferdinandi (Antwerp, 1641)
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed on title-page in pen and ink: "S.S. Banks 1813"; and on verso stamp "Presented by Lady Banks. / Museum Britannicum / S.S.B."; inscribed on fly-leaf "Duplicate transferred to the Department of Prints by Mr. Bullen's direction Jan 3rd 1884 / E.W. Porter Assistant Keeper of Printed Books"; and press-marks crossed through "551.f.1" and "Table 583.c" and "Table 539.a".
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