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SOME LORE, ABOUT HAARLEM
The province, of North Holland, was the most powerful of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic.
Haarlem was its head town.
WHO WAS ARNOLD HOUBRAKEN?
Arnold Houbraken wrote, that Pieter Soutmann's trainer was Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp.
WHAT ABOUT ANTWERP?
Antwerp was a town and province, in Flanders. In Saga, Antwerp was erst held by jotnar, and later settled by Franks. Jotnar are the forebears of the Jutes. Franks were a branch, of the Tribe of Benjamin.
WHO WERE THE JOTNAR?
It may be, that the Franks, and the Jotnar, were one, and the same folk. I haven't the key, to that mystery. In Beowulf, the Jutes and the Frisians (Friso's folk) are one. Friso's folk are the descendants of Frya's folk, at a later time.
If we follow the pattern, observed by Joseph Campbell, in Greek mythologies, then the myth, of the conquest, or abduction of one god, by another mythological critter, shows replacement of culture, government, or religion of one folk, by another.
Thus, the myth, of the abduction of Frya, by the Jotnar, would represent the supplantin, of the government, or religion, of Frya's, by that of the Franks, I believe.
After that, the Frisians would be known as Jotnar, also. Here I am guessin. Both the Franks, and the Frisians, were extremely tall, with their leaders measurin over 7 feet in height, before the time of Pepin the Short, whose parent obviously was of a different race, from the rest of the Franks.
WHY DOES ANTWERP MATTER TO PIETER CLAESZ SOUTMAN?
Reason, why I bother to tell, to you, about the history, of Antwerp, is to identify the source, of its loyalties. The topic, of loyalties, is germaine, to the topic of the freedom, of the Dutch Republic.
Only because, of the Dutch Republic, have we a Dutch Golden Age. And Pieter Soutman was a painter, of the Dutch Golden Age. And you are here, to learn of Pieter Soutman. And Pieter Soutman was trained, by a man, of Antwerp. That is why I tell, to you, the history, of Antwerp.
Franks ultimately took the side of our foes. Thus, Antwerp is under suspicion of bein a bad place, by nature. However, the jury is still out.
FLANDERS YIELDED TO ROME
Flanders was under the heel of the roman emperors. Rubens was a baroque painter, and quite tied in with the oppressor. His misalignment is foreboded by the width, of his skull, the shortness, of his neck, and the shallowness, of his eyes, that you can see, in his portrait oil painting, all suggestin that he was of mixed blood.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE, OF SAMUEL AMPZING?
Samuel Ampzing was a Dutch minister, poet and purist.
Samuel wrote a saga of Haarlem in poetry. Samuel's writin held the history, and told of the top members of Haarlem's folk.
Samuel picked his words well. No words used he, of Latin and French. He was alert, to the fact, that the influence of roman tongues is scatheful.
We know that Pieter Soutman was one, of the top folks, of Haarlem, because he was told of, in Samuel Ampzing's saga.
RUBENS GOT PIETER STARTED
Rubens recommended Pieter, to the Polish court, as a top painter. Probably Rubens did it, while Prince Wladyslaw Vasa visited to Antwerp. The year was of our Lo'ward 1624. That was the selfsame year, wherein Pieter went, to Poland. In Poland, Pieter was made, to be the royal court's painter.
Pieter worked, for king Sigismund III Vasa, in Poland, until the year, of our Lo'ward, 1628.
VASAS AND HABSBURGS IN POLAND, HUNGARY, AND SWEDEN
The Polish royal family was a merger, twixt the Vasa family, of Sweden, and the Habsburg family. Thus, Pieter painted pictures of Habsburgs and of Vasas, both.
He painted a portrait oil painting of Gustav Adolf the 2nd, King of Sweden. Also he painted the Habsburg emperors of rome, Frederick the 3rd, and Matthias.
BACK TO HAARLEM
That was the year, when Pieter went back, to Haarlem. After he got, to there, Pieter painted portrait oil paintings, of families, for his own homies. Above all, he painted portrait oil paintings for the other headmen, of the Hofje Codde en Van Beresteijn. Pieter was also one, of the headmen, thereof.
A hofje is a courtyard with almshouses around it. They were begun, in Middle Ages. Old, and mostly poor, mostly women abide there. They were paid for by carin folks.
PIETER SOUTMAN'S PARTICULAR HOFDE
The Codde hofje merged later with the Hofje van Beresteyn. That is how it got its dual name., Codde en Van Beresteijn. Claes van Beresteyn was a painter. He founded the Hofje van Beresteyn.
CONFUSION, IN THE LOUVRE, OVER PIETER'S PAINTED OIL PORTRAIT
A portrait oil painting, of the Beresteyns' family, was made by Pieter Soutman. Later, it was mistaken to have been done, by Frans Hals, and, as such, was sold to the Louvre, 1860's.
WHERE ARE PIETER SOUTMAN'S ORIGINAL PAINTINGS NOW?
The original paintings, of Pieter Soutman, now hang in sundry musea. Also, they hang in the Huis ten Bosch in Den Haag.
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