Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Relief - The Pact of De Bours, De Roeck and De Liedekerke
  • The Pact of De Bours, De Roeck and De Liedekerke
    Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606
  • Enlarge image

The Pact of De Bours, De Roeck and De Liedekerke

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with assistance of the M. L. Horn Bequest and the J. R. Vallentin Fund

  • Museum number:

    A.33-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a series of roundels depicting the 'Spanish Fury' of 1576 and events at Antwerp in August 1577. This roundel depicts the Pact of De Bours, De Roeck and De Liedekerke. Between 4–6 November 1576 mercenaries in the Spanish service launched a full-scale attack on Antwerp (see inv.no. A.38-1975). Over 2500 citizens were murdered and 100 houses burned down, including the magnificent Town Hall. In August 1577, however, the Netherlandish coalition overthrew the Spanish troops in the Citadel, as depicted in the medal A.34-1975. They then negotiated with the German mercenaries to withdraw (see inv.no. A.36-1975).
Five of the compositions are derived from a set of seven engravings by the Wierix brothers, after designs by Marten de Vos. That showing the Spanish Fury, a separate event, has no direct prototype and is unique. The translation of the engravings into low-reliefs is highly competent and bespeaks the hand of a master, as does their technical excellence. The minuteness of detail and the style of the figures points towards the medallist and bronze-sculptor, Jacques Jongheling, who was Master at the Mint at that time.
Jongheling worked in the Mannerist style that was common to all media in Antwerp in the last third of the sixteenth century.

Physical description

The roundel depicts the pact between Bours, Liedekerke and Guillaume de Roeck. Baron de Liedekerke, Governor of the City of Antwerp (left) and Pontus de Noyelles, Seigneur de Bours, an officer in the garrison of the citadel (right), clasping hands in the foreground; Guillaume de Roeck, 'Receiver General' stands behind pointing upwards to Concordia sitting on a triumphant chariot. They are flanked by the female allegories of Faith (left) and Charity (right).

Place of Origin

Antwerp (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1580 (made)

Artist/maker

Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 18 cm

Object history note

Whole series (A.33 to A.38-1975) bought for £2,400 with the assistance of the bequest of M. L. Horn and the J. R. Vallentin Fund, from David Peel & Co Ltd, London, in 1975.

Historical significance: Five of the compositions are derived from a set of seven engravings by the Wierix brothers, after designs by Marten de Vos. That showing the Spanish Fury, a separate event, has no direct prototype and is unique. The translation of the engravings into low-reliefs is highly competent and bespeaks the hand of a master, as does their technical excellence. The minuteness of detail and the style of the figures points towards the medallist and bronze-sculptor, Jacques Jongheling, who was Master at the Mint at that time.

Historical context note

This is one of a series of roundels depicting the 'Spanish Fury' of 1576 and events at Antwerp in August 1577.

Descriptive line

Relief, bronze, The Pact of De Bours, De Roeck and De Liedekerke, attributed to Jacques Jongheling (1530-1606), Flemish, about 1580

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Avery, Charles, "Antwerp, August 1577 - the 'Spanish Fury' and the Liberation of the Citadel: a series of bronze plaquettes after Martin de Vos", in: Avery, C., Studies in European Sculpture, London, 1981, pp. 133-147
Weber, I. Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissance Plaketten. Munich, 1975, p. 307, No. 709, 1, pl. 195

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Female figure

Categories

Sculpture; Politics; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.

  • Copyright: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. All Rights Reserved