This imposing book commemorates the 1635 Joyous Entry procession into the merchant city of Antwerp by Ferdinand of Austria, the city’s Spanish overlord. Antwerp’s renowned processions included arches and stages temporarily constructed along the city streets and bedecked with paintings, textiles, and sculptures.
Artist Peter Paul Rubens designed this event’s overall visual program, including the Arch of the Mint, celebrating Antwerp’s international trading network. He imagines Mt. Potosí, a silver mine in what is now Bolivia, which was a source of the Spanish Empire’s wealth. Rubens’s mountain features strings of coins suspended from rocky niches and Moneta, goddess of money.