Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

NOTRE DAME AT ANTWERP

 WIENER, Jacques and Leopold: Belgium, 1845, Bronze, 50 mm
Obv: View of exterior    Vertical inscription:  NOTRE-DAME A ANVERS    Around:   CONSTRUITE 1458 LA FLECHE ELEVEE 1517 TERMINEE EN COURONNE IMPERIALE VER 1521 SA HAUTEUR 128 METRES (2 METRES DE PLUS QUE LA TOUR DE STRASBOURG) LES NEFS INCENDIES 1533 IMMEDIAT RECONSTRUITS AU NOMBRE DE 5 SACCAGEE PAR LES ICONOCLASTES 1566 ET PAR LES REPUBLICAINS FRANCAIS 1795 RESTAUREE 1802 SOUS LE CONSULAT DE NAPOL: BONAPARTE RENFERME DES CHEFS D'OEUVRE DE RUBENS
Rev: View of interior
Signed: J. & L. WIENER FEC. 1845
Ref: Van Hoydonck 13;  Reinecke 2;  Weiss BW232

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Antwerp, Belgium, is the most striking building in the city. It was begun in the 14th century and not completed until nearly 200 years later. It is the biggest church in the city, having a tower more than 400 feet high, and one of the finest Gothic buildings in the country. The cathedral contains, among other paintings, three of Rubins' masterpieces : "The Descent from the Cross," "The Elevation of the Cross," and " The Assumption".

LINK to Descent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens (from Web Gallery of Art)

LINK to The Elevation of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens (from artchive.com)

LINK to Painting of Antwerp Cathedral by Peeter Neeffs (from wga.hu)

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