KEY, Willem
(b. ca. 1515, Breda, d. 1568, Antwerpen)

Portrait of Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo

Oil on panel, 49 x 38 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva (1507-1582) was the governor-general of the Netherlands. He was appointed by King Philip II of Spain to replace Margaret of Parma. He entered Brussels at the head of a Spanish army in 1567.