Category:Tapestries of the Battles of the Archduke Albert

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Triumphs and battles of Archduke Albert Series[edit]

The conception of this chronicle of the triumphs and battles of Archduke Albert of Austria was commissioned from Otto van Veen by the magistrate of the city of Antwerp, as decoration for the joyful entry of the Archdukes Albert and Isabella Clara Eugenia in the city on 10 December 1599, when the Archdukes were received as the new monarchs of the Low Countries.

The series was probably sent to Madrid after the death of Archduke Albert in 1621. It was inventoried in the Royal Tapestry of Philip IV at the Alcazar of Madrid in 1666, and has been in the royal collection ever since.

The hanging accompanying the retinue for the reception of Archdukes Albert and Isabella was described in the work entitled Historica narratio profectionis et inaugurationis [...] Alberti et Isabellae. This was published by Johannes Bocchius, the secretary of the city of Antwerp, and edited in 1602 at Plantin’s print, the most prestigious publisher of the time.

The designs were made by Otto van Veen and the cartoons painted by Jan Snellinck the Elder. The tapestries were woven in the workshop of Maarten Reymbouts the Younger in Brussels between 1597 and 1599.

Material: Fabric Gold, silver, silk and wool

Location Royal Palace of El Pardo

Originally in the Collection of Philip IV