Following his brother’s death in May 1574, Henri III of France returned from Poland to France to claim the crown, traveling via Venice, where the triumphal arch shown here was raised to welcome him. The arch was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) and based on the ancient Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. It led onto a loggia set up on the Lido that was decorated with paintings by leading artists Jacopo Tintoretto (1519–1594) and Paolo Veronese (1528–1588). The members of each guild in Venice prepared a ship decorated to reflect their profession; fifteen of the most important are identified here with small inscriptions. This print was made in 1591, some seventeen years after the event—demonstrating how the visit, regarded as a state occasion, was seen as worthy of memorialization.
Inscription: Lettered cartouche lower left: 'Il nobilissimo e soperbo apparato / fatto nel lido di Venetia dall / Ill.mo Sig.ria alla venuta de Hen / rico III Re di Francia, e di / Polonia l'anno 1574 / In Vene.a del 1591 / G.D.M. inv'.
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