The two paintings at either end of the hall are linked: one shows the union of France’s enemy powers, while the other shows their disunity. The blacksmiths in the opposite painting who were forging weapons for war are now abandoning them and turning away. They are terrified by the lightning coming from the composition titled Taking of the city and fortress of Ghent in six days. The darkness behind Germany represents the clouds that comprise her throne. These clouds, which prevent the Dutch Republic from seeing peace which is symbolised by Mercury holding a laurel branch, are dissipated by Mercury himself (neighbouring composition: Peace and Abundance). The heraldic eagle is pulling at the Dutch Republic’s gown with its beak to try and hold her back. Spain is protecting her lion which has been pitifully turned over onto its back. She is terrified by the trumpet sound of the Renown of Louis XIV, above her. On the right, the Ambition of England is trying to prevent the Dutch Republic from making peace with France, showing her the troops and ships she is bringing to her aid.
Full title : The Dutch Republic accepts peace and breaks away from Germany and Spain, 1678