Florence: Ceremonial battle between King Weaver and King Dyer
Title: Battaglia Del Re Tessi E Del Re Tinta, Festa Rapresentata In Firenze Nel Fiume D'Arno Il Di XXV di Luglio 1619
Artist: Jacques Callot (Nancy, 1592-1635) / Signature: Jacomo Callot fec
The grand duke Cosimo II of the Medici organised and financed this famous festival – Ceremonial Battle between King Weaver and King Dyer - with a firework and theatre performances on the Arno in Florence, 1619. At the foreground a gathered crowd attending the festivities. The scene is framed by an ornate border with a grotesque mask at the bottom. This copper engraving (mounted on a fan) was presumed to be a gift for each of Cosimo's 500 invited guests.
Size: 22 cm x 30,2 cm
Beautiful copper engraving on handmade paper, slightly trimmed altogether in very good condition.
Lit.: Lieure 302-2/2