Portrait of Viglius van Aytta

Jacques de Punder1564

Fries Museum

Fries Museum
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wigle van Aytta was a native Frisian, who travelled all over Europe to study. He met Erasmus, whose progressive ideas on humanism, in which man is given a central position, appealed to him. Viglius became a professor at the university of Ingolstadt, but eventually returned to the Netherlands, where he was appointed president of Charles V’s Secret Council, a powerful position.
Here we see Viglius portrayed as Chancellor of the Order of the golden Fleece. Top left is the Order’s emblem: a golden ram’s fleece including the animal’s head and legs, hanging on a gold chain which passes through a ring.


  • Title: Portrait of Viglius van Aytta
  • Creator: Jacques de Punder
  • Date Created: 1564
  • Physical Dimensions: 239.3 x 116.5 cm; 257.5 x 135.5 cm (frame)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Collectie Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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