The battle of Lepanto in the museums of the West

Fresco by Antonio Danti presenting the array of the forces  during the battle of Lepanto (the Vatican).The battle of Lepanto constituted a source of inspiration for artists even centuries after it took place, due to the symbolic character it acquired as a victory of Christianity over Islam. Several museums  in Europe (and some even in the United States) preserve works of art, engravings and manuscripts related to the naval battle itself or its protagonists.  Furthermore, several museums include amongh their exhibits real relics of the naval battle of Lepanto, banners, parts and copies of ships, artillery and uniforms of those days. These exhibits are scattered everywhere, both due to the fact that the multinational states of those days, such as the Hapsburg empire, were later divided in national states, each one of which kept a part, and due to the fact that several items initially belonged to private collections which  ended up in various museums all over the world. Although a detailed cataloguing surpasses the limits of this internet site, we note here some of the most important museums and exhibits:
- Biblioteca Nacional de España
- Senate building: Juan Luna, The Battle of Lepanto, 1887 
- El Prado:
Tiziano, La religion socorrida por España, 1572-1575  
Tiziano, Felipe II offrando al cielo don Fernando, 1573-1575
 - Museo Naval Madrid

-Museo Naval Barcelona
 - Armeria del Palacio Real de Madrid: mails, uniforms, weapons and banners of the time of the battle; among other exhibits two real banners snatched from the Ottomans during the battle.
- Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna: Once the kernel of the Hapsburg Empire, Vienna hosts in its largest museum some of the items related to the battle of Lepanto, among others:
Don Juan's mail and shield
  the painting“The three victors of Lepanto”  and the portrait of Sebastiano Venier by Tintoretto, one of the masterpieces of the museum. 
The Vatican:
In the gallery of maps ο Antonio Danti has painted, under order of pope Gregory XIII, a series of fresco maps of Italy, among those a depiction of the array of the battle of Lepanto.
The funerary monument of Pope V at the Santa Maria Maggiore of Rome bears in relief representations of the battle of Lepanto.

Naturally, in Venice the naval battle of Lepanto was particularly praised through the art. The Venetians made sure that they were vested with the glory and the benefits of the victory. In the Palazzo Ducale, in the Sala del Scrutinio, there was a painting by Tintoretto, created right after Lepanto, but was ruined by fire in 1577 and was replaced by the painting by Andrea Vicentino. In the Palazzo Ducale there are exhibited more paintings and engravings inspired by the naval battle or depicting Naupaktos in general.

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