(b. 1548, Venezia, d. 1628, Venezia)

Allegory of the Victory over the League of Cambrai (detail)

c. 1590
Oil on canvas
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

This complex painting is in the Sala del Senato. It commemorates a rather inglorious war against the League of Cambrai (formed by the pope, the kings of France and Spain, and the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire9 which went badly for Venice. In 1509 its enemy occupied Venice's mainland territories and threatened the city itself. The canvas depicts Doge Leonardo Loredan and represents the Venetians' resistance to the combined powers of Europe, symbolized by allegorical figures.