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Battle of Pavia

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Detail of painting entitled

Detail of painting entitled "The battle of Pavia" by an unknown artist. French or Italian, about 1525 (I.142)

  • Detail of painting entitled

    Detail of painting entitled "The battle of Pavia" by an unknown artist. French or Italian, about 1525 (I.142)

  • Detail of painting entitled

    Detail of painting entitled "The battle of Pavia" by an unknown artist. French or Italian, about 1525 (I.142)

Date: 1525 | Object number: I.142

The battle of Pavia in 1525 was the first significant victory for infantry with firearms over fully armoured knights on the battlefield.

Battle of Pavia

Description

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

The Battle of Pavia (1525) was the first significant victory for infantry armed with firearms over fully armoured knights on the battlefield, and led the way for the domination of firearms on the battlefield from then 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)

The battle of Pavia in 1525 was the first significant victory for infantry with firearms over fully armoured knights on the battlefield.

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