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Flemish School (c. 1515)

Emperor Charles V (1500-58) c. 1514-16

RCIN 403439

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The ruler of the Low Countries and Spain, and later Holy Roman Emperor, is shown here wearing the badge of the chivalric order, the Order of the Golden Fleece. Officially, members of the Order were not allowed to wear the badge without its golden collar. Charles V appears to be defying convention by using a simple black ribbon.