Royal Armouries

Battle of Pavia

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Detail of a painting of the Battle of Pavia showing knights in armour in battle

  • Detail of a painting of the Battle of Pavia showing knights in armour in battle

Date: 1525 | Object number: I.142

Battle of Pavia

Description

This painting by an unknown French or Italian artist was completed about 1525, depicts the Battle of Pavia when the imperial forces under the Viceroy of Naples, and the Marquis of Pescara raised the siege mounted by the French army under Francois I.

The battle of Pavia in 1525 was the first significant victory for infantry with firearms over fully armoured knights on the battlefield, and led the way for the domination of the battlefield by firearms from that time on.

There is a very similar painting, with the inscriptions in French, in the
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Other paintings of the battle include ones in the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna; National Museum, Stockholm, and Hampton Court Palace.

Dimensions: 46.5 in. (118.1 cm) x 81.75 in (207.6 cm)

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