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- Object: Arcus Lusitanici Pars Anterior
Plate 10: The Arch of the Portuguese: Front Face; two-tiered structure with a portal framed by Corinthian columns flanked by narrow wings; the large painting on upper central tympanum depicting Philip IV , King of Spain, dispatching his brother Ferdinand to liberate Germany; flanked on either side by a balustrade with armed children riding sea-horses, armour and two bound captives; above two winged female figures bear standards and support the imperial escutcheon at centre; the royal portraits in lower niches flanking archway represent Philip II, King of Spain and Portugal, and Emanuel I, King of Portugal; after Ludovicus Nonnius; unsigned; illustration for Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus" (Antwerp, 1641)
- Production date
- 1635-1641 (c.)
Height: 413 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 649 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 290 millimetres
Width: 543 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of a series of forty-three plates illustrating Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus"; for further comments see 1884,0112.31. This etching depicts the second temporary decoration erected along the procession route for the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand's triumphal entry into Antwerp in 1635. It stood at the corner of the Arenbergstraat. The arch was the design of Ludovicus Nonnius, a doctor and antiquarian from a Portuguese family, and was raised by the Portuguese merchants of Antwerp. Unlike his role in the execution of the other arches and stages for the Pompa Introitus, Rubens here took no part in the design or execution of the Arch of the Portuguese; for the rear face of the arch see 1884,0112.42.
Lit.: John Rupert Martin, The Decorations for the Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi, Corpus Rubenianum XVI, London, 1972, pp. 64-66.
- 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
- For comments see 1884,0112.31.
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