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Plate 21: Maximilian II and Rudolph II with Vesta and Mercury; at centre stands the statue of Maximilian II, crowned and wearing a suit of half armour beneath his mantle; he holds a sceptre and an orb; at far left Rudolph II, crowned with a laurel wreath, also holds a sceptre and an orb surmounted by a cross; between them stands the term of Mercury wearing a winged helmet and holding the caduceus; at the left stands statue of Vesta, grasping flames; unsigned; after Peter Paul Rubens; illustration for Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus" (Antwerp, 1641)
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- 1635-1641 (c.)
Height: 309 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 649 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 383 millimetres
Width: 543 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of a series of forty-three plates illustrating Gaspar Gevaerts' "Pompa Introitus"; for additional comments see 1884,0112.31. For a panoramic view of portico see 1884,0112.47. Maximilian II succeeded his father, Ferdinand I, as emperor in 1564. Rudolph II, his eldest son and successor, was crowned emperor in 1576.
The actual gilded stone statues of the gallery were contracted to five sculptors, including Huibrecht van den Eynden and Sebastiaan de Neve, and the gilder Louis Vergouwen and his assistants. They stood over life-size at two and a half metres in height. After the Entry they were cleaned and presented to Ferdinand as a gift. Formerly in the Palace in Brussels, they were all destroyed by fire in 1731.
Lit.: John Rupert Martin, The Decorations for the Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi, Corpus Rubenianum XVI, London, 1972, pp. 110-112, 125-127; cats. 30-31a.
- 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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