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Contemporary maps of 10 sixteenth-century wars

Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583)

Battle of Lepanto, 1571

En: sculptæ Naualis pugnæ ad Echinadas undas / Illustres acres, ut conflixere cruento ... 1571 or later

Etching with engraving; printed on paper; laid down on two pieces of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges left, top and right | 32.7 x 46.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721059

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A high oblique view/map of the naval Battle of Lepanto, fought on 7 October 1571 between the fleets of the Holy League (Spain, Venice, Genoa, Papal States, Duchies of Tuscany, Savoy Urbino, and the Knights Hospitallers of Malta) commanded by Don John of Austria (24 February 1547-1 October 1578) and the Ottomans, commanded by Grand Admiral Müezzinzade Ali Pasha (d.7 October 1571), resulting in a victory for the Holy League. Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War (1570-1573). Oriented with north to top.

  • Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583) (engraver) [bottom left, at bottom of title panel:] Martinus Rota sibinicensis Venetijs faciebat.

  • Watermark: Map: none; backing paper: three circles, top with cross within and crown above, other two with indistinct designs

    Condition: brown discolouration; some loss of paper, top, and bottom, which has been repaired by backing the print with paper before mounting it; top right corner missing; small piece from the bottom right corner missing

  • 32.7 x 46.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    39.5 x 53.4 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    En: sculptæ Naualis pugnæ ad Echinadas undas / Illustres acres, ut conflixere cruento ... [bottom left, in a rectangular panel, a twenty-two-line poem]


    George III heading: Naval Engagement Lepanto 1571.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil:] 1571; [top, red pencil: Battle of Lepanto 1571; [bottom left, black pencil:] B.xvi-285-114. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] Lepanto; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 1/49; [bottom right, black pencil:] I/53.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lepanto A view of the Battle of Lepanto, by Martino Rota. [The same entry appears under the heading Naval Engagement]

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Nafpaktos, West Greece, Greece (38°23ʹ30ʺN 21°49ʹ39ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2707

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