Yeah yeah, I know, band name, right?
Anyway, in this painting of Maurice of Orange leading his army into battle in 1600, you can see several men who appear to be dwarfs, or if not technically dwarfs, at least very small men. The proportion of their heads to their bodies, though, makes me think they are, in fact, intended to be dwarfs.
There are two of them, identically-dressed, on either side of Maurice, running with hats in their hands. A third is on the far-left, behind Maurice’s helmet-bearer, dressed in a red uniform.
I am well aware that there were “court dwarfs” who resided in the homes of noblemen back then. But I don’t know why they would be on a battlefield. Does anyone know what the deal is with this painting? Is the display of the dwarfs supposed to be allegorical or symbolic?