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The Duke of Parma dining on the Battlefield
  • Jacques-Charles Courtois (1621 - 1676)
  • The Duke of Parma dining on the Battlefield
  • c. 1587
  • Drawing
  • Brown ink and wash on paper
  • Overall size: 14.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Sketch: Slight sketch of figures and animals in the manner of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
  • P769
  • Not on display
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  • Courtois’s earliest known signed works are two engravings included in Famiano Strada’s De bello Belgico decades duae (Rome, 1632 and 1647). The present drawing is preparatory for a section of one of the engravings, The Capture of Oudenarde (1587), and is thus one of Courtois’s earliest known drawings. The engraving carries a key which describes the subject seen here in the drawing: ‘while the Duke of Parma dined, an enemy cannon ball killed some and scattered others of his entourage, but he himself was unmoved’. Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma (1545-92), commanded the army of Philip II of Spain during the wars that led to the seperation of the Spanish Netherlands and the United Provinces. The verso carries a landscape drawing, probably of Jacob’s journey drawn in the manner of the Genoese artist Benedetto Castiglione.