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Circle of Erasmus de Bie
THE OMMEGANG IN ANTWERP
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
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49
Circle of Erasmus de Bie
THE OMMEGANG IN ANTWERP
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Circle of Erasmus de Bie
THE OMMEGANG IN ANTWERP
inscribed on the base of the Colossus: PETER/VAN/AELST/PICTUR/INVEN...E/PS./...TVS/1664 ...IAE and inscribed and monogrammed lower left: DIT IS./DEN.OMMERGANCK/OFT.CERMIS.VAN.HNTWERPEN
oil on panel
42 1/4 by 28 7/8 in.; 73.9 by 106.2 cm.
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Provenance

Amsterdam Christie's, November 3 2004, lot 11

Catalogue Note

The Ommergang, "omme" being "around" and "gang" a "walk",  is a commemorative procession that takes place in Belgian cities to this day.  We see here an effigy of the giant, Antigoon who, according to legend, lived on the banks of the Scheldt and cut off the hands of merchants who refused to pay tithes upon entering the city.  Once overthrown the giant's own hands were cut off and thus the two severed hands, processed here on a staff ahead of him, became the symbol of Antwerp.

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