Over the door to the Secretary’s Office (Secretarie), a dog guards the corpse of a young man. Behind the dog is a plinth bearing images of fire and a fist.

Additional information:
The dog standing guard by its dead master stands for fidelity, a quality befitting a good town clerk. The fist in the fire represents constancy in the face of physical pain.


  • Title: Fidelity
  • Date Created: 1655-01-01/1655-01-02
  • Sculptor: Rombout Verhulst
  • Place Part Of: Netherlands
  • Display: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Description: Marble
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. Photo: Erik & Petra Hesmerg, ©Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

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