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A woodcut showing the Emperor Maximilian in a triumphal chariot.
This large woodcut, over 2 metres in length, was originally planned as part of a huge printed frieze. The work, undertaken by a team of designers and woodblock cutters, was to show a triumph
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Battle of Lepanto, 1572 (Nafpaktos, West Greece, Greece) 38°23ʹ30ʺN 21°49ʹ39ʺE

published by Domenico dei Franceschi, Venice, 1572

RCIN 721058

The naval battle of Lepanto, fought off the west coast of Greece on 7 October 1571, was a crushing victory for the 'Holy League' (an alliance of Catholic maritime states) over the Ottoman Empire, which saw most of its fleet sunk or captured. The battle halted Ottoman expansion in the western Mediterranean, though its long-term significance is debatable. This is the only known impression of this large, densely detailed woodcut, published in Venice the year after the battle; the print was already in poor condition when Cassiano dal Pozzo acquired it and laid it onto a backing sheet.

  • watermark:
    A mermaid in a shield, a six-pointed star above [see Woodward nos 93-94]. On backing paper, indistinct: a shield with part of a cross or a '4'?

    Old heading: Naval Engagement Lepanto 1571. Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, red pencil:] 1/54; [top right, black pencil, erased:] I [or II]/58.

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