Print after the 1633 painting by Adriaen van Nieulandt (1587 – 1658) at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum (inv.nr. SA 3026).
This beautiful view of the Dam square represents the lepers’ parade on “Koppertjesmaandag”. This procession took place on the first Monday after Epiphany (January 6). On that day, lepers were allowed to leave their home and they were granted a festive city tour. Because of the great number of people attending, the parade was dismissed in 1604. Thus Nieulandt represented the last procession. It arrives from the Damrak, behind the Waag, onto Dam Square. The residents of the home – a woman, a man and a child – sit in horse-drawn sleighs, and draw attention to themselves by flapping their Lazarus flap. In this way, lepers were announcing their presence so that people in health could avoid getting closer and ultimately not getting sick. In the barrels on the sleighs was collected alms.
Signed within plate in the middle: “S. Fokke fec.”.
Etching on paper with wide margins; plate mark: 192 x 254 mm, total: 293 x 443 mm. The print is in its first state as the lettering below is missing. Some light foxing on the margins and smudges due to handling. Pencil inscription on the bottom right. Muller 1207b.
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