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
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.