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Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583)

View of the Battle of Lepanto, 1571

Quis uiolare ausit iurato fœdere pacem, / Regna aliena iugo premere, atq excindere gentem / Immeritam ... published 1572

Etching with engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges left, bottom and right | 32.3 x 45.0 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721060

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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.

This print is a re-engraved version of RCIN 721059 which it follows closely.

  • Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583) (designer)

    Giacomo Franco (1550-1620) (etcher)

    Nicolo Nelli (b.1530, active 1562-74) (publisher) [at bottom of panel, bottom left:] Belisarii Galdini / Martinus Rota Sibenicensis Inuentor. / Iacobus Francus restituit apud Nicolaum Nelli. M.D.LXXII. / VENETIIS.

  • Watermark: Three-runged ladder in shield, a six-pointed star above

    Condition: one fold line; mount with one fold line, not coincident with print fold; very brown with age, some foxing; a small tear, some detail missing, bottom centre with very old repair which pre-dates the mounting; some surface dirt; impressions from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a former sequence are present on the recto and verso

  • 32.3 x 45.0 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    41.1 x 54.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Quis uiolare ausit iurato fœdere pacem, / Regna aliena iugo premere, atq excindere gentem / Immeritam ... [no title; in a panel, bottom left, a thirty-five line verse, begins]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement  Lepanto 1571.

    Other annotations (R) [br, bp:] 1572. (V) [tl, on map, rp:] 1/50. 

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lepanto A View of the Battle of Lepanto by, M. Rota, repaired by Giac.o Franco, and published by N. Nelli, 1572. [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. 2708

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