[The Pope and the Doge in Venice.]Prima che monti il Doge Ziani la Falera....
Large and impressive engraving on laid paper, 380 x 505mm. 15 x 20". A good impression, with wide margins. Slight crease on left.
An historical scene in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), medieval Venice. Pietro Ziani (died 1230), the forty-second Doge of Venice from 1205 to 1229, receives a Papal blessing (in the form of a sword) prior to setting out in his barge on an expedition. In his youth a sailor, Ziani commanded a flotilla escorting the emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1177, and took part in the Fourth Crusade and sacking of Constantinople. Numbered '5' lower left, and '66' lower right; from a series by Teodoro Viero (1740 - 1819), engraver and publisher in Venice. After a fresco by Francesco Bassano (1549 - 1592) in the Grand Council chamber of the Palazzo Ducale, Venice.
From Broadlands home of Palmerston family.
[Ref: 27560] £280.00