In 1549, prince Philip II of Spain – son of Charles V – visited the Low Countries to meet his future subjects. In Antwerp, he was entertained in a grand way. Edifices and triumphal arches were built to welcome him. Printer Gillis Coppens van Diest and Pieter Coecke van Aelst created a magnificent book about the event. This way, they promoted Antwerp, the beautiful edifices and the future king Philip II.