Striving for unity: The significance and original context of political allegories by Theodoor van Thulden for 's-Hertogenbosch Town Hall

Suzanne Van De Meerendonk, Margriet Van Eikema Hommes, Ester Vink, Ad Van Drunen

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    Abstract

    This case study explores the original significance and contexts of a series of political allegories painted by Theodoor van Thulden (1606-1669) for the 's-Hertogenbosch (Bois-le-Duc) Town Hall. In considering their commission history, current attributions, their relevant historical and political contexts and their initial placement in the town hall, we aim to reconstruct the paintings' function as a decoration program between their installation in the late 1640s and their relocation following a substantial renovation of the building in the early 1670s. The article concludes with a reflection on the changing nature of the town hall's interior and its impact on the interpretation and appreciation of Van Thulden's paintings in the present.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)231-272
    JournalEarly Modern Low Countries
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • 's-Hertogenbosch
    • Decoration program
    • Painting ensembles
    • Staats-Brabant
    • Theodoor van Thulden
    • Town halls

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