Despite his historical importance, only a very few images of Marnix are known, the earliest of which is a woodcut by Antoon van Leest, depicting Marnix at the Diet of Worms in 1578, where he delivered the famous Oration to the German Emperor and Princes, in which the Netherlands pleaded for help in their struggle against Spanish oppression. The British Museum has a medal, dated 1580, which is very similar to Wierix's print, and in the year of Marnix's death Jacques de Gheyn made a fine portrait drawing of him, now in the Amsterdam Museum, in preparation for an engraving published in the year after the sitter's death.1
Marnix's political legacy is undoubtedly overshadowed by his varied intellectual achievements, which included translating the Bible, working as a brilliant cryptographer, and writing various poems, including the words to the Dutch national anthem, Wilhelmus van Nassouwe.
1. I.Q. van Regteren Altena, Jacques de Gheyn, Three Generations, The Hague/Boston/London 1983, vol. II, pp. 113-4, no. 694, vol. III, p. 45, pl. 20
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