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Naumachia in the Courtyard of Palazzo Pitti

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.




Orazio Scarabelli
Italian, active c. 1580-1600

About this artwork

Orazio Scarabelli’s etching of a mock sea battle staged in the Medici family’s Palazzo Pitti was made to document the 1589 wedding of Christine of Lorraine and Ferdinando de Medici. The artist may not actually have been present at this event, one of the many scheduled over a number of weeks of activities surrounding the marriage. This work packs the viewer into the palace’s courtyard with the rest of the guests, watching in claustrophobic wonder as the Christians eke out a victory over the Turkish forces.


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Orazio Scarabelli


Naumachia in the Courtyard of Palazzo Pitti


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on cream laid paper


Image/plate: 24.4 × 35.6 cm (9 5/8 × 14 1/16 in.); Sheet: 27.7 × 39.3 cm (10 15/16 × 15 1/2 in.)

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The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

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