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View of the Battle of Lepanto, 1571 (Nafpaktos, West Greece, Greece) 38°23ʹ30ʺN 21°49ʹ39ʺE

published 1572

Etching with engraving; either printed from two copperplates on two sheets of paper, joined, or, printed from one copperplate on two pieces of joined paper; laid down on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 34.7 x 61.5 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721062

A view 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-west (M[aestro]; compass rose: Tramontana –north; Greco-north-east; a cross: Levante-east; Scirocco-south-east; Ostro-south; Africanus-south-west; Ponente-west) to top.

  • Natale Bonifacio da Sebenico (1538-92) (engraver) [top left, in a small panel, suspended by a chain link from the bottom of a text cartouche:] Иadal Boni / facio Sebēn / ·Fece·

    Ferrando Bertelli (active 1561-72) (publisher) [below title:] Apreso Ferando Bertelli / In Venecia del / ·I·5·7 2


    Navy-Venetian Republic
    Navy-Holy League
  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: brown with age, some foxing; a small tear, top left, with detail missing; a long vertical tear, right, which has been repaired by laying the print down on paper before mounting; mount cut down; no gilt edges

  • 34.7 x 61.5 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    37.2 x 49.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    LAROTTA dll' armata Tur / chesca Occorsa alli Cuzzo = / lari alli 7 di otobre / nel ·i57i· co Segna = / lata Vittoria de Chris / tiani. [in a cartouche ornamented with strapwork, surmounted by a lion's head [the symbol of Venice], containing the arms, left: of Emperor Philip II; centre: the Papal States; right: ? ]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in a cartouche, the beginnings of the first three lines torn off:] ... Clarma et Ilustre. Sr. / Man: chio Michel / ...gnisimo Procurator d·S·Marco ...


    George III heading: Naval Engagement Lepanto 1571.

    Other annotations: (Verso) [bottom, black pencil:] II/[?] 6; [bottom, across mount and map, red pencil:] 1/52; [top left, in black ink, seventeenth century hand?]: 20.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lepanto La Rotta dell’Armata Turchesca occorsa alli Cuzzolari alli 7 di Otobre 1571 cõ segnalata Vittoria de Christiani: apresso Ferando Bertelli, 1572. Nadal Bonifacio fecit. [The same entry appears under the heading Naval Engagement]

  • 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. 2710

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  • 23 May 2024