Louis Gallait And Edwin Olaf

Abdication of Emperor Charles V. The painting shows his sister, Queen Mary of Hungary, wearing white even though she never wore anything but black after her husband's death

Abdication of Emperor Charles V. The painting shows his sister, Queen Mary of Hungary, wearing white even though she never wore anything but black after her husband’s death

Louis Gallait (9 or 10 May 1810 – 20 November 1887) was a Belgian painter whose major accomplishment was a revival of history painting in Belgium. He earned his reputation especially with the large painting of the abdication of King Charles V.

Gallait’s works were esteemed because of their realism, faithfulness of the costumes and color composition. He was also a distinguished portrait painter.

Gallait’s painting The Last Honors paid to Counts Egmont and Horn by the Corporations of the Town of Brussels (1851) was dedicated to the revolution of the Netherlands 1568 – 1648. In 1568, when the Netherlands were still a Spanish province, and the war between Catholics and Protestants raged across Europe, Counts Egmont and Horn, along with William of Orange and Philip Montmorency, organized a protest movement against rampant Inquisition.

Louis Gallait

Louis Gallait. Last Honors to the Remains of the Counts Egmont and Horn. (1851)

In 2012, at the request of the Directorate of the Gaasbeek Castle (Dutch: Kasteel Gaasbeek), today a national museum, located in the municipality of Lennik in the province of Flemish Brabant, Belgium, photographer Erwin Olaf Springveld, professionally known as Erwin Olaf, created a homage to Louis Gallait — his own interpretation of the legendary painting.

Erwin Olaf. Last Honors to the Remains of the Counts Egmont and Horn. 2012. Digital print. © Erwin Olaf. © Commissioned by Gaasbeek Castle. © Courtesy Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, France

Erwin Olaf. Last Honors to the Remains of the Counts Egmont and Horn. 2012. Digital print. © Erwin Olaf. © Commissioned by Gaasbeek Castle. © Courtesy Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, France

All photos become fantasy series based on the story of the Gallait’s paintings. Other works of the series:o1Erwin Olaf .“Captain of Brussels Royal Guild of crossbow shooters, Order of St. George”  (2012)o2Erwin Olaf. “Sabine, Countess of Egmont, the widow of Count Egmont. Interpretation” (2012)

Sabine Egmont was the daughter of Count Palatine Johann II von Zimmern and Beatrice of Baden. At 16, she  married  Count Egmont Lamoralya. Their wedding was attended by the King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The marriage was very happy. On her knees, Sabine  begged the Duke of Alba to spare her husband’s life, but to no avail. After Egmont’s death, all his property was confiscated and until the end of her days Sabine lived in poverty. o3Erwin Olaf. “Spy of Duke of Alba” (2012)o4Erwin Olaf. “Johanna, daughter of Count Egmont. Interpretation” (2012)

Very little is known about Johanna Egmont, other than the fact that she became abbess of a Catholic monastery in Brussels. At the moment of her father’s death Johanna was five years old.o5Erwin Olaf. “Spanish soldiers” (2012)o6Erwin Olaf. “Still life with the heart of Count Egmont. A variation on the theme of Vanitas” (2012)

The real historical figures — Egmont, his wife Sabine, and the hearts of their two sons, who faithfully served the Spanish crown, buried in the Belgian city of Zottegeme. Egmont’s heart was placed in a special shell and placed on Sabine’s grave.

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