workshop of Wybrand de Geest: Portrait of the 4 brothers of William I 'the silent', prince of Orange (1630)
(Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The entire family of prince William I 'the silent' of Orange was actively involved in the Dutch rebellion against the Spanish crown. On this painting are the 4 brothers of William of Orange. From left to right:
- Louis of Nassau (1538-1574), standing. Killed in action while leading the Dutch army at the Battle of Mookerheyde (14 April 1574)
- John VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (1536-1606), sitting. John managed the German possessions of the family. He was also the principal author of the Union of Utrecht (23 January 1579) in which the Northern Dutch provinces (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, Groningen, Friesland, Drente, Overijssel, Brabant and Flanders). This treaty is the foundation of the Dutch Republic of the Seven United Provinces.
- Adolf of Nassau (1540-1568), standing. Killed in action while leading the Dutch army at the Battle of Heiligerlee (23 May 1568)
- Henry of Nassau-Dillenburg (1550-1574), standing. Killed in action together with his brother Louis while leading the Dutch army at the Battle of Mookerheyde (14 April 1574)
This painting was made in 1630.