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Montes, Hannoniae Metropolis; Atrebatum, Episcopalis et Metropolitica Artesiae Civitas: Braun & Hogenberg 1572

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  • Title: Montes, Hannoniae Metropolis; Atrebatum, Episcopalis et Metropolitica Artesiae Civitas
  • Author: Braun & Hogenberg
  • Date: 1572
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, issued center fold, tide mark in upper left corner, contemporary annotation at lower right
  • Inches: 19 x 12 1/4 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 48.72 x 31.41 [Image]
  • Product ID: 002883

"Mons, City of Hainaut; Arras, Bishopric and Metropolitan City of Artesia"

From Civitates Orbis Terrarum, (1572-1622), collective work engraved by Hogenberg and edited by Braun which contained 542 birds-eye views of cities around the world.

Previously under Spanish Hapsburg control, Mons, Belgium was seized on May 23, 1572 by Louis of Nassau, younger brother of William of Orange. However, after the anti-Protestant St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre took place on August 23-24 of that year, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba took back the city on behalf of Catholic Spain. From 1580-84, Mons served as the capital of the Spanish-occupied Southern Netherlands. The city of Arras in the north of France was under Hapsburg rule from 1493 until its capture at the hands of the French in 1640. In 1659, Spain officially ceded the city to France in a treaty.