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

Alessandro Cungi (active 1643-5)

Siege of Pontelagoscuro, 1643

Nuouo e uero disegno del Forte fatto Fabricare dall’ Em:mo Sig. Cardin: Antonio Barberini Legato, alla / Riua del Po; al lago Oscuro assediato da Vene- tiani adi 29. Agosto, et liberato a di 3. 7bre 1643 1643 or later

Engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge top | 20.9 x 32.6 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723035

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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 (cardinal points).

The dedicatee of this print is the Savoyard Cardinal Franceso Adriano Ceva (1580-12 October 1655), who was made a cardinal on 13 July 1643 at the same time as the dedicatee on RCIN 723034, Achille d'Estampes de Valençay.

Above the view, in a banderole, is the coat of arms of Cardinal Francesco Adriano Ceva.

See also RCIN 723033.a.

  • Alessandro Cungi (active 1643-5) (publisher)

  • Watermark: Map: indistinct, shield? Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration from paste; some foxing; pressure marks

  • 20.9 x 32.6 cm (neatline)

    25.1 x 32.6 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    26.3 x 33.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Nuouo e uero disegno del Forte fatto Fabricare dall’ Em:mo Sig. Cardin: Antonio Barberini Legato, alla / Riua del Po; al lago Oscuro assediato da Vene- tiani adi 29. Agosto, et liberato a di 3. 7bre 1643. [top, above view, in banderole]

    Dedication:

    [top centre, below title, in title cartouche:] ALL · EMmo · E Rmo · SIGre · CARDle · FRANco · ADRIANO CEVA / Questo nuouo disegno che tra gl' altri da coloro che piu lo sano, e stimato il mgliore, Mentre lo dono a V. E perfet = / tiona anco un antico mio disegno d esser riconosciuto da tutti, / D.V. Em.za Hum.mo e. Deu.mo Seru.re Alessandro Cungi

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, a key, A-I, K-Q.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Lagoscuro 29 August – 3 Sep. 1643.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lagoscuro Nuovo e vero Disegno del Forte fatto fabricare dall’ Cardin. Antonio Barberini Legato alla Riva del Po al Lago Oscuro, assediata da Venetiani adi 29 Agosto et liberato adi 3 7.bre 1643: da Alessandro Cungi.

  • 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)

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

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    For a list of cardinals see Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Consistories for the creation of Cardinals 17th century (1605-1700).

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3133

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