Paolo Sarpi.Author of the History of the Council of Trent.
London, Publish'd Feb.y 20.th 1777 by W. Dickinson Henrietta Street Covent Garden.
Mezzotint, fine, platemark 380 x 280mm (15 x 11"), large margins.
Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623), Italian intellectual, lawyer and statesman active on behalf of the Venetian Republic during its defiance of the Papal Interdict (1605-7) and its war with Austria over the Uskok pirates (1615-17). As a defender of the liberties of Republican Venice and proponent of the separation of Church and state Sarpi influenced subsequent Republicans. This portrait emphasizes his major work, the 'History of the Council of Trent', published in London in 1619. Mezzotint engraving after a portrait by Federico Zuccaro (1540x42-1609), who in Venice painted works commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Grimani and frescos for the Doge's Palace.
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