The Duke of Alba and the Countess Catherine of Rudolstadt, (painting)
Alba, Duke Of
Catherine Of Rudolstadt
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 70
At the conclusion of the war between Charles V and the Protestants of Germany, the Duke of Alba retreated through the small territory of the Countess of Rudolstadt, to whom the Duke announced himself for a dejeuner. When the guests were seated, the Countess was informed that the Spanish soldiers were plundering her subjects and driving their cattle away. She immediately armed her servants, and said to the Duke: "My poor people must have their own again, or, by heaven! I will have Princely blood for oxen's blood!" The Duke of Alba ordered immediate restoration. This is the scene which Volkhart has painted. It is a picture full of spirit, and has served Volkhart's reputation well. [P. 25.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.