Alfonso di'Avalos Addressing his Troops.
1539-1541. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. More. [Order a Print]
Alonso de Avalos, Marquis of Vasto
(1502-1546) was sent to Venice by Charles V
in December 1539 to greet the new doge, Pietro Lando. It was at this time that this work was commissioned. It represents an historic fact, when the eloquence of the marquis who had exhorted his troops, spared the soldiers the disaster of a confrontation with the Turks. Beside the marquis his son Ferrante is depicted as his page