The Venetians Defend Themselves against the Siege of Pippin, Jacopo Palma il Giovane
Jacopo Palma il Giovane
The Venetians Defend Themselves against the Siege of Pippin
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Jacopo Palma il Giovane: Die Venezianer verteidigen sich gegen die Belagerung Pippins, ca. 1581 (vor 1587), Feder in Braun, braun laviert, auf rosa grundiertem Papier, 182 x 137 mm. Kunsthandel

Jacopo Palma il Giovane: Beleg van Venetië, ca. 1575-1585, Feder in Braun, braun laviert, weiß gehöht, 265 x 195 mm. Inv. Nr. RP-T-1948-365, Rijksmuseum, Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam

Jacopo Palma il Giovane

The Venetians Defend Themselves against the Siege of Pippin, ca. 1579 – 1580

261 x 270 mm
Blatt (mit Anstückung)
height: 300 mm
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609 Z
Can be presented in the study hall of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

The drawing is one of a series of studies for a painting by Palma originally in the Sala dello Scrutinio in the Doge’s Palace. The latter, in turn, was part of a cycle depicting Venice’s successful wars and battles. Here we see a scene of the year 809, when Pippin, the king of Franconia, attacked and besieged the town. The Venetians resorted to a ruse: They bombarded the enemy’s army with loaves of bread to make him think the city had abundant stores of food and a siege was accordingly doomed to failure. The Franconians fell for the trick and ceased the blockade; Venice remained a free city.

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The Venetians Defend Themselves against the Siege of Pippin
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Verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsbogen (mit schwarzem Stift): Ec. lombarde
Unten rechts Paraphe einer nicht identifizierten Sammlung (Lugt 3115); verso auf dem Montierungsbogen Marke des Kunsthändlers Guillaume-Jean Constantin, Paris (Lugt 3000); Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
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Work Catalogues
  • Mason Rinaldi 1984.155.D.49
  • Tietze/Tietze-Conrat 955

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© Städel Museum

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  • 45K31 defence of fortification or city
  • 61A(810) historical events and situations (810)
  • 61E(VENEZIA) names of cities and villages (VENEZIA)
  • 61D(LAGUNE VON VENEDIG) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (LAGUNE VON VENEDIG) (LAGUNE VON VENEDIG)
  • 61B2(PIPPIN (Italien, König))3 historical person (PIPPIN (Italien, König)) - other representations to which the NAME of a historical person may be attached (PIPPIN (Italien, König))
  • 31A23 postures of the human figure

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