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Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars


Siege of Pontelagoscuro, 1643

Dise’ Gno del nuouo Forte fatto fare dall Emmo Sig. Card.le Antonio Barberino, legato alla riua del Po’ al Lago Oscuro nel Ferrarese co / li Posti delli...

published 1643

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges top and right | 16.6 x 31.6 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723036

A view of Pontelagoscuro, unsuccessfully besieged and attacked by troops of the league of the Republic of Venice, under the orders of Mattias de’ Medici (9 May 1613-11 October 1667) from 29 August to 3 September 1643 resulting in the retention of the town and fort by the Papal army of Pope Urban VIII (bap.5 April 1568-29 July 1644), commanded by Cardinal Antonio Barberini (5 August 1607-3 September 1671). First War of Castro (1641-1644). Oriented with north to top.

See also RCIN 723033.a

If the date of the imprint is to be believed, this hurriedly sketched view was published just fifteen days after the end of the siege.

  • Giovanni Domenico de' Rossi (1619-53) (publisher) [bottom right, in text margin:] Con Licencia de Superiori / Gio: Dominco de Rossi / 18 Sbre 1643 Roma.

  • Watermark: View: indistinct, large coat of arms. Mount: none.

    Condition: brown discolouration from paste; some foxing; pressure marks

  • 16.6 x 31.6 cm (neatline)

    22.3 x 31.7 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    24.9 x 38.2 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Dise’ Gno del nuouo Forte fatto fare dall Emmo Sig. Card.le Antonio Barberino, legato alla riua del Po’ al Lago Oscuro nel Ferrarese co / li Posti delli nemici [top, across top of view in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [below view, a key, 1-18.]


    George III heading: Lagoscuro 1643.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1643. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lagoscuro Disegno del nuovo Forte fatto fare dall’ Card.le Antonio Barberino Legato alla Riva del Po al Lago Oscuro, con li Posti delli Nemici, 1643: da Gio. Dom. de Rossi, 1643.

  • Subject(s)

    Pontelagoscuro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (44°52ʹ49ʺN 11°36ʹ25ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3134

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024