Saturday, January 5, 2013

Utrecht Surrenders
#88

©A.K.SIMON - Utrecht Surrenders - Oil on Linen - $125




"Thirty Days Hath September . . . " -  30 Day Challenge Day 3

Historical Fact: September 3, 1483 Utrecht surrenders to Habsburg


So my understanding of this is that the Habsburgs were a strong family that wanted to dominate and control. They did just that and their dynasty became huge and eventually included Hungary which makes the connection for me. My husband is Hungarian and has inherited that controlling gene. I on the other hand have the peace-loving, artistic Utrecht gene. However, I refuse to surrender! Or, maybe I should, as you read the rest of the story.



Enough silliness – here are the facts: The House of Habsburg is greatest known for being a source of all of the formally elected Holy Roman Emperors between 1438 and 1740. The dynasty was originally from Switzerland and first ruled Austria and in Utrecht surrendered to them. The Habsburgs sought to solidify their power by the frequent use of familial marriages, also known as intermarriages, which led to disastrous results. Marriages between first cousins, or between uncle and niece, were ordinary in the family. These intermarriages eventually led to the entire extinction of all Habsburg blood in 1780. The Spanish Habsburg died out in 1700 while the Austrian Habsburg line died out in 1740. All blood relatives of the Habsburg were dead by 1780. This was mainly due to intermarriages between close family members. (otherwise known as pre-deliverance)

Utrecht city and municipality is now the capital and most populous city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation, and is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands with a population of 316,448 as of February 1, 2012.

So, you say, “what does this have to do with art” – like you didn’t guess already. Utrecht was the stomping ground for Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer and there is also a Utrecht School of the arts (not to mention a whole line of oil paint). 

Moral of the story: Surrendering doesn’t mean the end of the story. Habsburg family gone – Utrecht thriving – hmmm – probably because so many were artists! And as my daughter, Sarah, says, “Your family tree should never be a circle!”



14 comments:

  1. VERY nice painting and love your post, too!

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    1. thank you Linda - I am having fun with this!

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  2. Clever! Love your palette in this painting, too!

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    1. Thanks Yevgenia - I pushed to get that neon pink and orange that I so love!

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  3. Interesting history and background story and I love the light!

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    1. It's always about the light for me and I love reading so the history part is just for fun.

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  4. Absolutely wonderful painting AND blog post!

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    1. Thanks Claire for your comments and for visiting two days in a row!

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  5. Your painting was wonderful and whimsical. Love it and really enjoyed the history.

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    1. Whimsy is what I'm looking for - I think we all take ourselves too serious!

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  6. Wonderful colours and interesting post!

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    1. Thanks for noticing Sylviane, I really worked at the colors.

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  7. now that's clever, enjoyed the personal history and makes me curious- which came first- the set up or the history idea? fabulous painting

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    1. Thanks Robin: The history idea is what I came up with for a personal painting challenge. "30 days hath September" - a historical fact for every day of September translated into a painting. Believe me - IT IS A WHOPPER OF A CHALLENGE!

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