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The Siege and Battle of Pavia

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The Battle of Pavia occurred at a crucial stage in the struggles between the French and Imperial forces in north Italy. The city of Pavia was besieged by the French army from October 1524; in February 1525, Imperial forces attacked the fortress of Mirabello, shown on the left, in order to relieve pressure on Pavia and divide the French forces. This decisive battle of 24 February involved the capture of King Francis I of France (left of centre) and led to the establishment of the Emperor Charles V in Lombardy. The complex panorama of the battle is ambitiously presented here, with inscriptions in French and a variety of flags and banners identifying the protagonists and locations. The noise and drama of battle is effectively conveyed, including realistic detail of dead and wounded.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Oxford

Title

The Siege and Battle of Pavia

Date

1525–1528

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 117 x W 220 cm

Accession number

WA1908.226

Acquisition method

Presented by Elias Ashmole, 1683

Work type

Painting

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