Portrait of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt (workshop of), in or after c. 1616
In this portrait Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is 67 years old. For close to thirty years he has held the highest governmental position in Holland and been the most powerful politician in the Republic. For a long time he is someone to contend with. Maurice is greatly indebted to him, yet after 1610 a conflict arises between them that gravely disrupts the country. Which of them will determine the future?