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Ottoman-Habsburg Wars (1521-1791)

Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718

GIROLAMO PORRO (C.1520-1604)

Raab and Žitný Ostrov, 1594

Disegno di IAVERINO con le tre fattioni seguite tra gl’ Imperiali e Turchi et preparamenti fatti dal et Sen.or / D. Gioanni de Medici Cap.n Gen...

published 1594

Etching with engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges left, bottom and right | 21.3 x 34.4 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721083

A low/medium oblique view of an action fought between 7 and 15 August 1594 near Raab, on the banks of the Little Danube, between the Turks and the Imperial army, commanded by to Don Giovanni de Medici (13 May 1567-19 July 1621; illegitimate son of Cosimo). Ottoman-Habsburg Wars: The Long War (1591/3-1606). Orientation not known.


The ‘l’Arciduca Mathias’ who is mentioned in the key is probably Archduke Matthias (24 February 1557-20 March 1619) who was Holy Roman Emperor from 1612 and made Governor of Austria in 1593, becoming head of the Habsburgs in 1606. The 20-mile-long island which has abundant livestock is probably Žitný Ostrov, one of the largest islands in the Danube up to the end of the nineteenth century, which is opposite Raab (Latin name: Javerin).

  • Girolamo Porro (c.1520-1604) (publisher) [bottom right:] IN VENETIA / Presso Girolamo Porro / 1594 / Con Priuilegio.

  • Watermark: Anchor in circle, a lozenge quatrefoil above

    Condition: at least five fold lines; creased; mount folded; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 21.3 x 34.4 cm (image and sheet)

    41.0 x 54.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Disegno di IAVERINO con le tre fattioni seguite tra gl’ Imperiali e Turchi et preparamenti fatti dal et Sen.or / D. Gioanni de Medici Cap.n Gen.le dell’ Artellaria per assecurar l’Isoletta, accio non noccia, all’ Arciduca nell’ Isola / Grande con tre fattioni fatte una alli 7 quandoni Giannizzeri asaltorno I Reuellinni et l’altre due alli 15 Auosto / quando li Turchi passo il Danubio e li Tartari. [in panel, centre of map]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, below title in four columns, the two right columns blank, a key, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z, to the fortresses made by Giovanni de Medici on the ‘little island’, the island where Archduke Matthias had his lodgings, the boat passage where aid and munitions entered Raab (these first three do not appear to be shown on this map, perhaps trimmed off), Imperial and Turkish trenches, batteries, etc. (the letters E-I, K and L, do not appear to be shown on the view.]


    George III heading: Raab taken by the Turks 26 Sep.r 1594.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil and red pencil:] 1594; [top centre, black pencil, illegible:] [?] 1594 / [?] taken by the [?]. (Verso) [top, left of centre, across map and mount, red pencil:] 1/74; [top, on mount, black pencil, erased:] I/78.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Raab Disegno di Javerino (Raab) con le tre fattioni seguite tra gl’Imperiali e Turchi alli 7 et 15 Agosto 1594: presso Girolamo Porro, 1594.

  • Subject(s)

    Győr, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hungary (47°41ʹ00ʺN 17°38ʹ06ʺE)

    Žitný Ostrov, Trnavský, Slovakia (47°57ʹ00ʺN 17°39ʹ00ʺE)

  • 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. 2729

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024