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Stefano Mozzo Scolari (c.1612-10 June 1691)

Nagykanizsa, 1664

Vero dissegno del’ Presente asedio della Fortezza di / Canissa nel mese di Aprile 1664 1664 or later

Engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 14.7 x 21.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723122

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A low oblique view of Nagykanizsa showing the siegeworks of Nicholas VII of Zrin (Nikola Zrinski; Hungarian: Zrínyi; 1620-64) – the 'Conte Serin' in this print – against the Ottoman forces in April 1664. Zrinski was the Ban [viceregal governor under the Habsburgs] of Croatia from 1647-1664. Oriented with south-west to top. Habsburg-Ottoman Wars (Fourth Austro-Turkish War) (1663-4).

The siege was lifted in May on the approach of Ottoman relief forces. Zrinski's battery is shown, bottom right, with, in the foreground a cannon whose range is being adjusted by a gunner using a form of inclinometer. The marshy surroundings of the fortress town are represented by symbols of tufted grass or reeds, crossed by bridges.

  • Stefano Mozzo Scolari (c.1612-10 June 1691) [bottom right, below text:] Stefano Scolari F. Venetia S. Zulian

  • Watermark: Print: indistinct. Mount: none.

    Condition: five fold lines. Verso: wear along the folds

  • 14.7 x 21.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    18.5 x 27.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Vero dissegno del’ Presente asedio della Fortezza di / Canissa nel mese di Aprile 1664 [top centre]

    Additional text:

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

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Canissa April 1664.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [left, above George III heading, black pencil, erased, that same old heading]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Canissa l’Assedio della Fortezza di Canissa nel Mese di Aprile 1664. dal Conte Serin: da Stefano Scolari

  • From the collection of Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89) who inherited Cassiano dal Pozzo's collection and added to it; 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)

    Nagykanizsa [Canissa; Kanizsa], Zala, Hungary (46°27ʹ12ʺN 16°59ʹ27ʺE)

  • 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. 3242

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