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

1571 or later

Etching with engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges left and top | 32.0 x 47.0 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721061

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.

Printed from a plate from which earlier detail has been erased: earlier text in the title cartouche has been imperfectly deleted and the name ‘Stefano Ghibellino?’ can be read, bottom right; about eight lines of text, formerly engraved to the right of the title cartouche, have been removed; the names of either the commanders, or of the ships, have been deleted from the view, together with a block of text, top left, below the title cartouche and bottom right, in the sea area.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)


    Navy-Venetian Republic
    Navy-Holy League
  • Watermark: Print: none visible; backing paper: three circles, a cross within top circle, a crown above, the other two circles with indistinct designs or letters

    Condition: some tears top left, and bottom centre; these have been repaired by laying the print down on paper before mounting; mount creased; some foxing

  • 32.0 x 47.0 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    37.6 x 52.1 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    LA VITORIA OTT / ENVTA DALLA SEREA / REPVBLICA DI VENE / ZIA CONTRA TVRCHI [top left, in a cartouche ornamented with strapwork]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in a panel, a list of fifty-three commanders; begins:] LEccelletissimo S Lorezo Marcello Capitan / General ...


    George III heading: Naval Engagement Lepanto 1571.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil, cropped:] III. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] III/139; [top right, black pencil, erased:] Lepanto.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lepanto La Vitoria ottenuta dala Republica di Venezia contra Turchi. [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. 2709

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  • 25 May 2024