belgian lion

LEO BELGICUS – THE BELGIAN LION – maps by Claes Jansz during the Twelve Years Truce between Spain and Holland, early 17th century. Note the Low Countries (present-day Holland and Belgium) in the shape of a lion, surrounding by an ornamental cartouche with panoramic depictions of regional cities – on the right, ten cities governed by Spain; the left, ten cities governed by the Netherlands.

Reproduced by David Woodward (editor), The History of Cartography, Volume 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance, 2007.