Unidentified Flemish painter, 2nd quarter 17th century
The duel of Leckerbeetje
Oil on canvas : 93,0 X 110,1 cm
Frame : 110,3 X 128,4 cm
This last of the old-style epic duels was the most famous and popular battle scene painted in the first half of the 17th century in both enemy countries, Spanish Flanders and Holland.
The story is incredibly complicated. It was fought in 1600 between 22 local cavalrymen from ‘s Hertogenbosch (lead by Leckerbeetje) in Spanish service against 22 French cavalrymen from Normandy (lead by de Breauté) in Dutch service. Later, in 1629, ‘s Hertogenbosch became and remained a Dutch town. So everybody could see himself in the winning camp. The subject was popular both with Flemish and with Dutch painters and their clients.
At the very start of the duel de Breauté killed both Leckerbeetje and his brother, but then the battle shifted. It ended with the surrender of captain de Breauté and four of his compatriots, the other Frenchmen were either dead or they had fled. These five had hoped not be harmed, but they were immediately executed.
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