'De Bours Drives Merville and Treslong out of the Citadel of Antwerp'
Probably by Jacques de Jonghelinck (1530-1606)
Southern Netherlands (Antwerp)
Museum no. A.34-1975
From a set of reliefs depicting the events of the 4-6 November 1576 when mercenaries in the Spanish service launched a full-scale attack on Antwerp. Over 2500 citizens were murdered and 100 houses burned down, including the magnificent Town Hall. In August 1577, however, the Netherlandish coalition overthrew the Spanish troops in the Citadel. They then negotiated with the German mercenaries to withdraw.