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Antonio Maria Magnani (active 1621-39)

Mantua, 1629

Disegno dall’ Esiercito Imperiale accompato soits / Mantoua con luoghi presi. 1629 1629 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges left, bottom and right | 18.7 x 26.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722050

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A high oblique view of Mantua, besieged November-December 1629 and from May to July 1630 by Rambaldo XIII di Collato (21 September 1579-18 November 1630), Matthias Gallas (16 September 1584-25 April 1647), and Count Johann von Aldringen (10 December 1588-22 June 1634), leading to the surrender and sack of the city on 18 July 1630. War of the Mantuan Succession (1628-1631). Oriented with north to top (cardinal points).

The arms of the Corsini family appear top right, below the cartouche.

  • Antonio Maria Magnani (active 1621-39) (publisher) [bottom left:] Ant.o Maria Magnani / forma in Bologna.

    Andrea Corsini (dedicatee)

    Annibale Masinelli (active 1629) (dedicator)

  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Mount: Kneeling man with cross in shield

    Condition: five fold lines; formerly folded to 11.8 x 7.2 cm. Surface dirt on verso, especially along fold lines. One fold line to mount which does not coincide with any of the fold lines on the print; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso


  • 18.7 x 26.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.1 x 54.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Disegno dall’ Esiercito Imperiale accompato soits / Mantoua con luoghi presi. 1629. [top right, in small cartouche above the dedication cartouche]


    [top right, in cartouche, above the arms of the Corsini family:] All' Ill:mo Sig:r et Pron / Il Sig:r Marchese / ANDREA CORSINI / Anibale Masinelli D.D.D.


    George III heading: Mantua 1629.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil, erased:] 1625. (Verso) [top left, on mount, black pencil: II/3.[left of centre, on print, red pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 1/141. [left of red pencil number, black pencil:] II/3; [top right, on mount, black pencil:] Mantoua.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Mantua Disegno dell’Essercito Imperiale accampata sotto Mantoua, con luoghi presi 1629: dal A. Masinelli et A.M. Magnani.

  • 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)

    Mantova, Lombardy, Italy (45°09'37"N 10°47'52"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J. Black (ed), European warfare, 1494-1660, London 2002, pp. 143-4

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2914

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