[Don Giovanni de' Medici.]
Engraving with large margins. 425 x 295mm (16¾ x 7¾").
Don Giovanni de' Medici (1567-1621), illegitimate son of Cosimo de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (later legitimised). He moved to Spain to become a soldier: his career included becoming Master of the Field for the Imperial army (1600) and Commander-in-Chief of the army of the Republic of Venice (1616-7). He also served as the Florentine ambassador in Madrid (1598). He is shown in armour within an alcove with superb architectural details, a strap-work cartouche for a title left blank. On the reverse is a German-text biography relating to another portrait, within an ornate woodcut frame. Published in Jacob Schrenck von Notzing's 'Der aller Durchleuchtigisten und Grossmächtigen Kayser, Durchleuchtigisten unnd Großmächtigen Königen'.
[Ref: 32685] £220.00