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ID number:  BIRBI-55.15
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bazicaluva, Ercole (about 1600 - after 1641)
Title / Object name:  View of the ancient Piazza di San Nicola, Pisa, with Alfea showing reverence to Vittoria della Rovere
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Pisa
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1639
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Paper: 285 x 435 mm; mount: 516 x 629 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. P & D. Colnaghi, August 1955, for £15

This hectic scene captures the vibrant festival celebrating the arrival of Vittoria della Rovere, wife of Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to Pisa in 1639. The pageant includes a military-style procession and costumed figures. Alfea, the female embodiment of Pisa, rides on a chariot on the far right. The flags framing the composition emphasise the theatricality of the scene. Bazicaluva was a draughtsman and engraver who specialised in military scenes and landscapes. He trained in Florence and was influenced by Callot and della Bella.

Notes:  Formerly called Triumphal Carriages in the Piazza dei Cavalieri, Pisa.

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Bazicaluva, Ercole
c. 1600
after 1641
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