[Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy.]
Engraving with large margins. 425 x 295mm (16¾ x 7¾").
Emmanuel Philibert (1528-80), Duke of Savoy from 1553 until his death. At the time his duchy was occupied by the French so he entered the service of his cousin Philip II of Spain, becoming Governor of the Netherlands (1555-59). In 1557 he led the Spanish invasion of France: in the peace talks of 1559 Savoy was returned to him and he married the daughter of the King of France. In 1580 he was a claimant to the throne of Portugal, but lost out to Philip. He moved his capital from Chambéry to Turin, where he died and was buried in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin Cathedral. 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'.
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