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Facing Arminius: Jacobus Arminius In Portrait

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Arminius's face is not half as well-known to the public as are his thoughts on the free will of mankind. Still, portraits of him made by various artists over a period of time, in several countries even, abound. The most striking about these portraits is that they, all but one, were designed after his death, and that they can be traced to a single prototype, which itself was based on a now lost original. This chapter catalogues these Arminius portraits, and shows how they evolved. The portraits of Arminius are all based upon the bust, of which the prototype could not be traced as yet. Some of the portraits were probably intended for private use, and were therefore private commissions. In days of religious uprisings, one was safer keeping a painting with a religious character in a private home than in a public space.

Keywords: Jacobus Arminius's portrait; religious uprisings; Senaatskamer portrait



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