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Herzog Wilhelm der Jüngere, sein Frau und Sohn

Duke Wilhelm the Younger, his wife and son

Wilhelm der Jüngere, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg
(1535 - 1592), Prince of Lüneburg, 1559-1592
and Dorothea, Prinzessin von Dänemark (Kolding 1546 - Winsen/Luhe 1617).
(Wikipedia)

1579

Celle /  Herzog Wilhelm der Jüngere, sein Frau und Sohn   Celle /  Herzog Wilhelm der Jüngere, sein Frau und Sohn

Description

The north façade of the Old Townhall was built in 1579 and adorned with the coat of arms of Duke Wilhelm the Younger and his wife Dorothea of Denmark above the entrance to the market.

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The two large roundels on the two-storey bay probably show the duke and his wife, while in a smaller roundel between them is probably their son Ernst (1564-1611).

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Annotation

The Wikipedia page on the town hall suggests the depicted figures are the emperor and his wife - the emperor in 1579 was Rudolf II and his portrait does not show any resemblance to the relief; moreover Rudolf II was not married.

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Location (N 52°37'28" - E 10°4'52")

Item Code: dens435; Photograph: 7 August 2016
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