Fontana, Fulvio

Presa di Cinque Legni Turcheschi

Presa di Cinque Legni Turcheschi

DESCRIPTION: Scarce copperplate engraving depicts a battle in 1596 conducted by galleys from the military order of Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano) Pope and Martyr and Muslim corsairs. The battle was led by Francesco Borbolani, eighth Admiral of the order of Santo Stefano.

The order of Santo Stefano was founded by Cosimo I de' Medici in 1561. The purpose of the order , with financial support from the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, was to free Christians from slavery by fighting Ottomans and pirates. Vessels of the order of Santo Stefano are marked by flags with the symbol of their order, an eight-pointed cross much like that of the Knights of Malta.

From "I pregi della Toscana nell' imprese piu segnalate de' Cavaliere di Santo Stefano opera dat a in luce da Fulvio Fontana della Compagnia di Gesu dedicata all' Altezza reale di Cosimo III, Gran Duca di Toscana e Gran Maestro dell' Ordine. Published in 1701 from Florence by Mattia Miccioni and Michele Neftenus. Plate 10. Probably from a later state of the engraving.


CREATOR: Fontana, Fulvio



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Fair  Some age-toning and surface dirt. Otherwise intact and without issue on chain-laid paper.

COLORING: Old hand color.

ENGRAVER: H. Vincent

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $375


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