Category History

In the decades between the end of the Habsburg-Burgundian Netherlands and the rise of the Dutch Golden Age, the Low Countries saw a generation of war, politics, and culture leave its mark. Here are some of those stories.

Allegorical Hat Brooch, c. 1550

As the morning sun filtered through the leaded glass windows of her chamber, Jonkvrouw Margaretha’s chambermaid delicately affixed her her mistress’ prized possession to her hat—a golden and enameled pin in the design of woman gazing upon her reflection. The…

Map of Ghent, 1534, by Anonymous

Amidst the fields and densely-settled towns of early sixteenth century Flanders, a bustling city of 50,000 people brimmed with skilled artisans, meticulously weaving fabrics that adorned the courts of Europe. Ghent was a testament to the region’s preeminence in the…

The History of the 1562 Dutch Deux-Aes Bible

The history of Bibles and their translations throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is a reflection of two powerful dynamics: the tumult of the Protestant Reformation combined the the growing impulse to use – then document and standardize – local…

Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn’s Orange Company

Me and the boys about to hit the town. – – – – – 🙏 Like and follow Rebels or Beggars on Instagram, Facebook, and online! ☙ facebook.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ instagram.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ rebelsorbeggars.com 👕 History swag here:www.redbubble.com/people/rebelsorbeggars/shop – – – – –The Officers…

Roelant Savery and His Memento Mori

Off to a funeral today. Memento MoriRemember that you, too, will die. 🙏 Like and follow Rebels or Beggars on Instagram, Facebook, and online! ☙ facebook.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ instagram.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ rebelsorbeggars.com Born in 1576, Roelant Savery emerged as a prominent figure in the…

Georg Loesser and Nuremberg’s House of Twelve Brothers

When it’s Saturday morning, you’re still groggy, and your coffee-loving girlfriend says she’s out of her caffeinated bean juice. 🙏 Like and follow Rebels or Beggars on Instagram, Facebook, and online! ☙ facebook.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ instagram.com/rebelsorbeggars☙ rebelsorbeggars.com This 1605 portrait depicts Georg…