Batavia Attacked [Batavie aangerand... De Fabel van Apollo en Dafne... De Fabel van Neptunus en Koronis...]
etching on paper
sheet: 27 3/16 x 18 5/16 in. (69 x 46.5 cm)
Gérard de Lairesse
(Liège, Belgium, 1640 - 1711, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Allegorical representation of the defense of the Dutch Republic under the leadership of William III of Orange, culminating in the Peace of Westminster on February 19, 1674. His enemies were France and England in the Franco-Dutch War and the Third Anglo-Dutch War, represented by the Gallic rooster and dog being driven away by the Dutch lion wielding a sword. Two stories from Greek mythology are used allegorically: Apollo and Daphne and Neptune and Coronis, as told by Ovid; however the explanatory text panels have yet to be filled in.
- sheet, sheet: 27 3/16 x 18 5/16 in. (69 x 46.5 cm)
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