The Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof during the Great Assembly of 1651, Bartholomeus van Bassen, Anthonie Palamedesz., c. 1651

The Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof during the Great Assembly of 1651, Bartholomeus van Bassen, Anthonie Palamedesz., c. 1651

oil on panel and metal, h 52cm × w 66cm. More details

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.

On display in room 2.18 Johan and Cornelis de Witt History scenes

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