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Frontispiece to a series on the funeral of Charles III of Lorraine: a four-storey structure punctuated by columns, with allegorical scenes in between (eighteen scenes in total), and topped by a two-columns text in Latin and in French, and a sarcophagus surmounted by a portrait of Charles III of Lorraine, and flanked by the personifications of the duchies of Lorraine and Bar; in the top part, allegorical figures seated among clouds. 1610/11
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Height: 610 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 380 millimetres
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- From a series of plates depicting the ceremonies surrounding the funerals of Charles III of Lorraine, who died on 14 May 1608, and the entry of his successor Henri II into Nancy (20 April 1610).
The project was organised and managed by the court official Claude de la Ruelle, who brought the designer, draughtsman and etcher Friedrich Brentel from Strasbourg to Nancy, together with his very young assistant Matthaeus Merian and a copper-plate printer Herman de Loye and his press. The architecture used in the ceremony itself was designed by Jean de la Hiere, and la Hiere also provided the drawings of the architecture that were used for the plates. The rest of the compositions was the responsibility of Brentel, and many drawings by him for the figures survive. Claude de la Ruelle somewhat misleadingly calls himself 'inventor' in the lettering on the plates: this refers to his responsibility for master-minding the ceremony itself and the publication that derived from it. A thousand impressions were printed for distribution to the courts of Europe.
The set consists of a frontispiece, ten large 'plates' (some are actually formed by several prints which were meant to be joined together) on the lying-in-state and funeral of Charles III, forty-eight plates depicting the procession of mourners, twelve plates showing Henri II's entry into Nancy, four representing Henri II going to church (dated 1611), and finally a two-plate depiction of Nancy (1611). One of the plates showing the procession entering Nancy with Henri II features a rider which is most likely a portrait of Jacques Bellange engraved by himself.
Lit: A. Griffiths & C. Harley, 'Jacques Bellange c.1575-1616 Printmaker of Lorraine' (London, 1997), pp.26-28 and p.50.
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- Associated Event: Funeral of Charles III of Lorraine 1608
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