[Federico Imperatore postrato a terra li bacia li piedi al Pontefice nella Salla del Gran Consiglio.]
Etching with engraving, sheet 375 x 500mm. 14¾ x 19¾". Trimmed within plate. Vertical centrefold.
Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, kisses the feet of Pope Alexander III in Venice. In 1174, Frederick (1122 – 1190) made his fifth military expedition into Italy but was opposed by the pro-papal Lombard League. He suffered a heavy defeat at the Battle of Legnano near Milan, on 29 May 1176, where he was wounded and for some time was believed to be dead. He had no choice other than to begin negotiations for peace with Alexander III and the Lombard League. In the Peace of Venice, 1177, Frederick and Alexander III reconciled. Frederick had to humble himself before the Pope at Venice. The Emperor acknowledged the Pope's sovereignty over the Papal States, and in return Alexander acknowledged the Emperor's overlordship of the Imperial Church. After the fresco of 1582 by Federico Zuccaro (1542 - 1609) in the Sala del Maggio Consiglio, Doge's Palace, Venice.
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