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History, Military, Greek Battle, Antique Print, Rome, 1781


Pietro Berrettini da Cortona (1596-1669) (after)
Stefano Mulinari (c.1741-c.1790) (engraver)
[Maritime Battle]
Rome: 1781
Sepia ink engraving on paper
14 x 18.25 inches, sheet

Tumultuous battle scene that takes place in Ancient Greece. One of the elaborately carved battleships is sinking and three men are in the process of being pulled from the water while the battle wages behind them. Below the scene is a dedication to the patron with a heraldic shield in the center. Da Cortona did paintings depicting the Battles of Alexander the Great; it seems possible that this print is based on one of them.

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Pietro da Cortona was an Italian painter, draughtsman and architect who is considered one of the three leading artists of the Roman Baroque, one of the most artistically productive periods in Rome’s history. He is to High Baroque painting what Bernini is to its sculpture. Da Cortona painted religious, mythological, landscape and portrait works. He set the standard for European Baroque fresco painting which endured throughout the 17th Century; among the best known are those he executed for the Barberini family and for the Pitti Palace in Florence. While his architecture was less influential, his designs for facades and stucco decorations were imaginative and original.

Inscription beneath the print reads: “A Sua Eccellenza il Sig.” “Conte Francesco Colloredo Consigliere Intimo Attuale di Stato e Ciamberlano di SMI e R Ap:” ed Ajo delle LLAARR gli Arci Duchi di Toscana.” [To His Excellency, Signor “Count Francesco Colloredo, Current Inmost Counselor of the State and Chamberlain of SMI and R Ap”: and the Ajo of the LLAARR, the Archduke of Tuscany.]

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, soiling wear, soft creases, cockling. Few marginal short tears, neatly restored.


“Pietro da Cortona.” The Grove Dictionary of Art. New York: Macmillan. 2000. Online at (28 March 2002).

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18th Century