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Carl von Rabenhaupt

Willem Valk

About this artwork.

The bust of Carl von Rabenhaupt was made by Willem Valk. The design is traditional – hardly anything of the innovative influence that Valk had before the Second World War is remaining. Von Rabenhaupt has been portrayed realistically, although the facial features are somewhat stylised. The large bunch of curly hair – the usual seventeenth-century wig – falls luxuriantly over his shoulders. The chest and shoulder pieces of the armour are shown. 
To Carl von Rabenhaupt, Groningen owes the annual celebration Gronings Ontzet (the Siege of Groningen), also known as “Bommen Berend” (Bombs Berend). On 28 August, the townspeople celebrate this festival to commemorate the end of the siege of the town by the bishop of Münster, whose nickname was Bommen Berend. After five weeks of episcopal rule, Field Lord Von Rabenhaupt liberated Groningen from this warlord on 28 August, 1672.

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  • Design
    Willem Valk

  • District

  • Year of creation

  • Art type
    Monument, Bust

  • Material

  • Dimensions
    h 3,00 m / sokkel h 2,15 m