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Frans Francken the Younger was the most famous of an Antwerp dynasty of painters; he trained with his father, Frans the Elder (1542-1616), and joined the Antwerp guild in 1605. He was a painter of religious and historical subjects as well as being the inv

Bringing the wider world to a princely court

Attributed to Eliseus Libaerts (active 1561-1569)

Parade shield ('The Cellini Shield') mid-sixteenth century

RCIN 62978

Queen's Guard Chamber, Windsor Castle

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This parade shield acquired by George III was described by Horace Walpole as 'superbly executed by Cellini'. In the nineteenth century, the shield was placed in a prominent position on the chimneypiece of the Queen's Guard Chamber in Windsor Castle, in a rotating mount, so that viewers could examine closely the workmanship of the master. The shield has since been attributed to Eliseus Libaerts.