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The Heads of State gathered in Madrid were able to admire the famous Surrender of Breda painted by Vélasquez. For Guillaume Lagane, the analogy between the situation of the Atlantic alliance and that of the Spain of Philip IV gives food for thought.

Guillaume Lagane is an associate professor of history, a specialist in defense issues and international relations, and a lecturer at Sciences Po.

The NATO summit, organized in Madrid, gave the thirty heads of state gathered the opportunity to learn by visiting the Prado Museum.

They were able to admire the

Surrender of Breda

, the famous painting by Diego Vélasquez, a masterpiece of classical painting whose eminently political theme resonated strangely with the conclusions of this historic summit.

In the


, the other name for this battle scene, the spectator attends an episode of the war which opposes, at the beginning of the 17th century, the revolted Protestant Netherlands against Catholic Spain.

He sees in the center of the painting General Ambroise Spinola, a Genoese strategist in the service of Philip IV, politely receiving, in a moment of chivalrous courtesy, the head of the Dutch garrison, Justin de Nassau, who has just surrendered and ended the siege of Breda.

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Source: lefigaro

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