Book Series Dunamis, vol. 1

Contending Representations I: The Dutch Republic and the Lure of Monarchy

Joris Oddens, Alessandro Metlica, Gloria Moorman (eds)

  • Pages: 212 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:157 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60517-3
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This volume is the first book-length study to thematise the representation of power in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Bringing together scholars from different backgrounds, the volume aims to stimulate a cross-disciplinary dialogue about representations in art, literature, ritual, and other media. Within the Dutch Republic, different state actors – the city, the provincial states, the States General, the stadtholders, and individual power-holders – vied for the supremacy of power. A vital aspect of this persistent struggle was its representative dimension. In making representative claims about their place in the balance of power, these institutions all faced the challenge of developing a republican language that was both distinctive enough and universally understood. In the cultural repertoires available to political figures, artists, and intellectuals, republican models contended with monarchical ones. In visual and literary depictions, public ritual, and diplomatic encounters alike, the temptation to stand up to the grandeur of powerful European monarchies by borrowing from their representative traditions was not always easy to resist.



1. Joris Oddens (Huygens Institute – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Alessandro Metlica (University of Padova), and Gloria Moorman (University of Manchester)
Representing Power in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic

2. Peter Arnade (University of Hawaii)
The Royal and the Republican in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Low Countries

3. Suzanne van de Meerendonk (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University)
Treated like Royalty: Ceremonial Entries into Amsterdam in 1580, 1638, and 1660

4. Stijn Bussels (Leiden University) and Bram Van Oostveldt (Ghent University)
Animating the Amsterdam Town Hall

5. Laura Plezier (Leiden University)
International Acclaim for the Republican Town Hall of Amsterdam: A Victory for the Princely Family of Orange

6. Lauren Lauret (Leiden University / University College London) and Ida Nijenhuis (Huygens Institute – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Power Brokers for Province or Prince? The Political Careers of Johan Kelffken and Alexander van der Capellen

7. Marianne Klerk (Erasmus University College, Rotterdam)
Beyond Republicanism: Representations of the Rohanesque Genre of Interest of State in Pieter de la Court’s Interest van Holland (1662)

8. Alexander Dencher (Leiden University / Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
Facing Change: Gold and Ivory Portraits of William III of Orange and Mary II Stuart after the Glorious Revolution

9. Lidewij Nissen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Dynastic Marriages as Power Play: Constructing the Marriages of the Nassau Stadtholders in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic

10. Arthur Weststeijn (University of Padova)
Empire Portrayed: The Representation of Dutch Colonial Authority in the Seventeenth Century

11. Margriet van Eikema Hommes (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) & Tatjana van Run (independent scholar)
Changing Heavens: Political Messages in Gerard de Lairesse’s Ceiling Painting for Andries de Graeff in the Year of Disaster 1672

Notes on Contributors