(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

The Battle of Ostia

Fresco, width at base 770 cm
Stanza dell'Incendio di Borgo, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

In AD 849 the Arab fleet attacked the papal forces, but was destroyed by a storm. On the left, Leo IV, in the figure of Leo X, can be seen giving thanks. The scene is probably a reference to Leo's intentions to mount a crusade against the Turks. The fresco is the work of workshop assistants.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 12 minutes):
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: The Battle, suite