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The Edicts of Charles V
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The Edicts of Charles V


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Description Baron Leys was regarded as Belgium's foremost artist in the mid 19th century. About 1851, he adopted a deliberately archaizing style resulting in part from a visit to Germany. This scene is set in the artist's native Antwerp, identifiable because of the famous church spire in the distance. Between 1520 and 1550, Charles V, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, issued 11 edicts making the practice of Protestantism a crime punishable by death. Antwerp served as a major center of learning and finance that had attracted many foreigners, especially Jews and Protestants.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/28/1942Treatmentvarnish removed; inpainted; coated
5/14/1980Treatmentexamined for condition
6/01/1980Treatmentcoated; other
1/01/1991Treatmentsurface cleaned; coated; inpainted; other
7/01/1995Treatmentinpainted; other
1/01/2011Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Exhibition Historique de l'art Belge. 0.
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Comte W. de Bourgade [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Comte de Liedekerke-Beaufort, Dinant [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, October 24, 1883 (through Charles Deschamps and George A. Lucas); by inheritance, Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest, Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Label] Paper sticker on reverse: Exhibition Historique de l'art Belge. / Nom de possesseur du tableau: Cte. W. de Bourgade / Subjet de l'oeuvre: Publication des edits de Charles Quint / Valeur / Nom... de l'auteur: Bon Leys
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883

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Period
ca. 1861
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.123
Measurements
H: 54 5/16 x W: 96 7/16 in. (138 x 245 cm); Framed H: 72 x W: 110 1/2 x D: 5 in. (182.9 x 280.7 x 12.7 cm)
Geography
  • Belgium, Antwerp (Place Depicted)

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