Antwerp hands illustrated – a travelling exhibition

Curator: Johnny Bekaert | Published by: Piet De Lombaerde, Koekenstad vzw

Illustration for the travelling exhibition ‘Antwerp hands illustrated’. Belgian illustrators show their version – on the theme of friendship – of the well-known Antwerp Hands. Legend has it that, to cross the Scheldt River, you first had to pay a toll to a fearsome giant, named Drone Antigoon. Whenever sailors refused to pay the toll to the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo slayed the giant, cut off his hand, and tossed it into the Scheldt River. Given that the Dutch for ‘hand thrown‘ is ‘hand werpen‘, the city’s namen (Antwerpen) was born. So, the ‘hand’ has become the symbol of Antwerp.

Antwerpse Handjes geïllustreerd | Antwerp Hands illustrated
Cover of the publication accompanying the traveling exhibition.
Published by:
Koekenstad vzw
Edition: februari 2017
Antwerpse Handjes | Antwerp Hands
Cover of the publication accompanying the traveling exhibition.
Published by:
Koekenstad vzw
Edition: march 20
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