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The sitter is portrayed at 70 years old, during his incumbency as Archbishop of Malines, a position he held between 1596 and 1620. He sits on a Spanish-style armchair, under his coat of arms and motto 'Patience Conquers the Mighty'. The sitter’s origins in an artisan family were unusual among the higher echelons of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. He was appointed Archbishop by Philip II of Spain and became a cornerstone of the Counter-Reformation in the Southern Netherlands.
oil on canvas
H 146.8 x W 110.5 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885