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'So Many Painted Jezebels'. Stained Glass Windows And The Formation Of An Urban Identity In The Dutch Republic

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This chapter discusses one medium for portraying urban iconography, stained glass windows, that was regarded as incongruous by a number of English visitors in the Dutch Republic during the seventeenth century. Sir William Brereton, who was later to serve as a Parliamentary general, visited Amsterdam in 1634 where he particularly admired the recently completed Lutheran church. The nobleman William Lord FitzWilliam spent several months during 1663 touring the provinces and commented on the iconography of some of the windows. Just as in England, the fate of stained glass in the Netherlands in fact reflected the course of the Dutch Reformation. The medium of glass provided a means through which the towns of the Dutch Republic could affirm and consolidate provincial and inter-regional loyalties and ties, even sometimes against the background of urban rivalry and political division.

Keywords: Dutch Republic; Sir William Brereton; stained glass windows; urban iconography; William Lord FitzWilliam



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