Chapter 4 From Power Brokers to Rebels: How Frans Hogenberg Depicted the Beginning of the Dutch Revolt

In: Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery
Author: Ramon Voges

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Abstract

In the early 1570s, Frans Hogenberg published his first series of broadsheets covering events of what would come to be known as the Dutch Revolt. Because Hogenberg’s images were widely disseminated when produced, they have been used to account for the nature of the conflict, becoming, in our own times, a part of the collective memory of the revolt. This chapter focuses on how Hogenberg’s first print series represented the beginning of the revolt and raises questions about how his visual reports explained the conflict. It explores the political message the prints conveyed and asks what was being addressed in the eyes of the contemporary audience of these compositions.

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