Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Medium And Message. Political Prints In The Dutch Republic, 1568–1632

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter analyses whether the major themes identified in the pamphlets can be traced in the hundred or so images from 1568 to 1632. Van Gelderen charts the emergence of four main, and inter-related, themes: liberty (the political virtue par excellence), privileges, and the States, which had a particular role in preserving and administering the fourth concept, popular sovereignty. Other significant themes in the pamphlets were the nature of military power, the importance of civic virtue and the place of religion. The first task of the artists was to set the political themes in a context, and relate the image to the Netherlands. They used a range of motifs to signify the Republic: cows, ships, and the ‘Dutch Maiden’. The Leo Belgicus is a particularly well-known representation of the Republic, which appeared in cartographic depictions of the Netherlands, but was also a significant emblem in prints.

Keywords: civic virtue; Dutch republic; Leo Belgicus; Leo Belgicus; military power; Netherlands



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Public Opinion and Changing Identities in the Early Modern Netherlands — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation