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The Funeral Ceremonies for Charles III, Duke of Lorraine

Les Pompes Funèbres de Charles III, Duc de Lorraine

Matthäus Merian I (German, 1593–1650), With Friedrich Brentel (German (Strasbourg) 1580–1651), After Claude de la Ruelle (French, active in 17th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Wüthrich, M. Merian, vol. 1, no. 32—45

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etchings, from a set of plates, unbound, and engravings from a set of engraved plates, unbound

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



A five part series of prints on the funeral of Duke Charles III of Lorraine and the succession of his son, Henri II. Both took place in Nancy in 1608. The series of 80 some etchings and letterpress descriptions was completed in 1611 and distributed to many European courts as a statement of the power of the Duchy of Lorraine.
Although Friedrich Brentel was the primary printmaker, he was assisted by the young Mattheus Merian and H. Wüthrich’s cat. rais. for Merian has the most complete catalogue of the set. It is mentioned briefly in Hollstein German cat. for Brentel (vol. 4, p. 154, nos 24-97.)
Has a sheet with description printed in letterpress.


Mathaeus Merian fecit


Between the 1950s and 1980s, acquired by Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, Switzerland and Whitchurch, England; March 19, 2004, sold by Josefowitz to Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, Marblehead, MA and Naples, FL; 2010, year-end gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo