Book chest of Hugo de Groot, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1615

Book chest of Hugo de Groot, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1615

wood (plant material), h 73cm × w 160cm × d 75cm. More details

In his fall from grace, Oldenbarnevelt also took down a few friends. The most famous of them was the celebrated jurist Hugo de Groot. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but managed to escape by hiding in a chest used to bring him books. The chest on display here was long thought to be the one from this famous story.

On display in room 2.5

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