[Gaston of Foix]Gasto de Foix sub Ludovico 12o prosapia magnus maximus Evasisset [...]
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, 17th century watermark; each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾") very large margins. Paper glued to left margin of engraving.
Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours (1489-1512), French military commander whose brilliant six month Italian campaign as a 21 year-old commander in 1511-2 earnt him the nickname 'the Thunderbolt of Italy'. His death in the Battle of Ravenna was a huge loss to the French. From 'Les Portraits des Hommes Illustres Francois qui sont Peints dans la Galerie du Palais Cardinal de Richelieu' (1660). The book reproduces the portraits of great men hanging in Richelieu's 'Galerie des hommes illustres' by Simon Vouet and Philippe de Champaigne (although only four of the original paintings survive). The final 'illustrious figure' was Richelieu himself.
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