The Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof during the Great Assembly of 1651, Bartholomeus van Bassen, c. 1651
Following the death of Stadtholder William II, the States-General called a special assembly in 1651. They decided not to appoint a new stadtholder. This painting represents the important meeting when this decision was taken. Painted on the hinged metal flap is a table with the Latin motto of the Dutch Republic, which means ‘Unity makes strength’. When the flap is raised up, the room appears empty.