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Effigie naturali dei maggior prencipi et piu valorosi capitani di questa eta con l'arme loro

Series/Portfolio:
Effigie naturali dei maggior prencipi et piu valorosi capitani di questa eta con l'arme loro
Artist:
Giacomo Franco (Italian, Venice 1550–1620 Venice)
Publisher:
Published by Giacomo Franco (Italian, Venice 1550–1620 Venice)
Published in:
Venice
Date:
1596
Medium:
Book of engravings with printed dedication page (pages inlaid, modern cloth binding)
Dimensions:
11 15/16 × 8 1/4 × 3/8 in. (30.4 × 21 × 1 cm)
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1957
Accession Number:
57.506
Not on view
This bound album contains a collection of portraits arranged in the following order: 1-7, European Sovereigns; 8, The Doge of Venice; 9-13, Princesof the House of Austria; 13-20, European Princes; 21-26, Christian Military Leaders; 27-35 Turkish and Eastern Sovereigns and military leaders. There are two additional portraits, which are not part of the original series (numbered in graphite 16A and 36).
This page depicts the Persian king, Shah cAbbas I (r. 1588–1629), whose valor the Venetians greatly admired. The shah's ambassadors received a royal welcome in Venice and assured the city's merchants that they would always be welcome to trade in Persia.
Marking: Inside of front cover: Bookplate of Sir William Stirling Maxwell
Written on first page in graphite: This collection of portraits is very rare- / this copy consists of an engrabed title, one leaf / of letter press and 35 unnumbered portraits.- / They have been arranged in the following order: 1-7 / European Sovereigns 8 the Doge of Venice 9-13 / Princes of the House of Austria, 13-20 European / Princes - 21 -26 Christian military leaders, 27 - 35 Turkis and Eastern Sovereings and military leaders. / To the original portrait a following has been / added 16 A. Vincentio Gonzaga from [...] / 16 with the head re-engraved. 36 Francisco Martinango / not signed but [...] Franco portraits.
Sir William Stirling-Maxwell; Vendor: Lathrop C. Harper
Institut du Monde Arabe. "Moments of Vision: Venice and the Islamic World, ca. 1300–1700," October 2, 2006–February 18, 2007.

Thieme-Becker XII.366; Nagler IV.459; Le Blanc II.250.24
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