€120,000 Battle of Lepanto painting auctions at Sotheby's today

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2015-06-26 12:00:17

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120,000 Battle of Lepanto painting auctions at Sotheby's today

Andries van Eertvelt's depiction of the Ottoman Empire's landmark victory will sell in Amsterdam

Sotheby's is holding an auction of Old Master Paintings in Amsterdam, at lunchtime today (May 18), featuring two star lots ofconsiderable historical value.

One is The Battle of Lepanto, by the Flemish Baroquepainter Andries van Eertvelt. The battle took place on October 7, 1571 between the forces of the Ottoman Empire and the Christian Holy League.

Van Eertvelt's depiction of the Ottoman Empire's landmark victory is renowned for its large scale, immense quantity of the ships and the intensity of its presentation.

Jan Asselijn's The Battle of Ltzen, 1632 (Click to enlarge)

It will auction with a pre-sale estimate of 80,000-120,000.

Also appearing is Jan Asselijn's The Battle of Ltzen, one of the most decisive battles of the Thirty Years' War which took place on November 16, 1632.

Although the battle claimed the life of one of the most important Protestant alliance leaders, King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, the Protestant armies succeeded in forcing the Imperial troops into retreat.

A detail from Andries van Eertvelt's depiction of The Battle of Lepanto, 1571 (Click to view the whole painting)

The battle subsequently became a favourate subjectamong artists in Protestant Holland. Asselijn'scontribution to the canon is valued at 50,000-70,000.

Abraham Willaerts, Aemout Smit, Abraham van Beijeren and Hendrick Staets will also be among the other Old Masters appearing in the auction.

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