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.

Date:

1592

Artist:

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. The Carracci headpiece engraving (1942.250, displayed nearby) may even have been designed to be worn at this very occasion by the women who are currently offstage.

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Artist

Orazio Scarabelli

Title

Naumachia in the Courtyard of Palazzo Pitti

Origin

Italy

Date

1592

Medium

Etching in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

244 x 356 mm (image/plate); 277 x 393 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2010.52

Extended information about this artwork

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