Willem de Famars Testas
(Utrecht 1834 – Arnhem 1896)
Titled upper right
Annotated Blondel discovers the prison of Richard Leeuwenhard through his singing and Voor m vdB on the reverse
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 26.7 x 31.9 cm
Acquired directly from the family of the artist, then by descent to the present owner
On the reverse the annotation Blondel discovers the prison of Richard Leeuwenhard through his singing (translated: “Blondel discovers the prison of Richard the Lionheart through his singing”) reverse to the poet, trouvère and lord of northern France Blondel de Nesle (circa 1155- 1202). Blondel wrote 24 courtly songs, some motets and other songs. Although less is known about the life of Blondel de Nesle, some legends and anecdotes have survived. He bonds early on to Richard the Lionheart (king of England) and becomes his confidant.