Catharijne DeVries joined her brother Antoon in alliance with the Frenglish Empire for the independence of their province of Friesland in the Low Countries. Her wealth from shipping war supplies for the Frenglish invasion of Fennoscandia caught the eye of Karlheinz of Innsbruck and encouraged him to ask for her hand marriage. She agreed and moved to the Tyrol leaving her brother behind and well as her cause for independence in Friesland. She was a very eccentric monarch and enjoyed sporting African inspired hairstyles and modes of dress that made her quite the sensation at court. She developed the plan to kidnap Giovanna in an effort to extort a ransom from the wealthy Gonzaga family and goad them into a war in the north which they would be hopelessly ill-prepared since the fighting would take place in an impregnable mountain terrain. She was wrong but she made it look good.
The artwork is part of the series "La Leggenda di Dolomiti"
ANDREW GILBERT | JARMILA MITRÍKOVÁ & DÁVID DEMJANOVIČ | UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS), The Fate of Empires, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento, 2019
ANDREW GILBERT | JARMILA MITRÍKOVÁ & DÁVID DEMJANOVIČ | UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS), The Fate of Empires, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento 2019, p. 55
by Davide Raffaelli