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painting by Frans Francken II (1581-1642) is an imagined scene in Brussels of the abdication of the Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles V. In 1555 and 1556 Charles V divided the empire between his son Philip II and his brother Ferdinand. The Spanish and Netherlandish possessions went to Philip, while Germany passed to Ferdinand.

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painting by Frans Francken II (1581-1642) is an imagined scene in Brussels of the abdication of the Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles V. In 1555 and 1556 Charles V divided the empire between his son Philip II and his brother Ferdinand. The Spanish and Netherlandish possessions went to Philip, while Germany passed to Ferdinand.