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The Triumph of Charles V over the Rulers of Europe

The following is a particularly fascinating painting taken from Manuscript Add. 33733 of the British Library Catalogue (http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=7530&CollID=27&NStart=33733). The full manuscript consists of 12 full-page miniatures of Charles V in color and gold which sought to memorialize his wars and triumphs over both the Christian monarchs of Europe and the Ottoman Turks. The painting below shows the Emperor Charles V enthroned among his enemies (Suleyman the Magnificent, Pope Clement VII, Francis I, the dukes of Cleves and Saxony, and the landgrave of Hesse).

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(The latter is a similar painting, drawn by an anonymous sixteenth-century artist, showing that this particular image was quite popular in Western Europe)

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