Portuguese carracks off a rocky coast
This is one of the very few contemporary paintings of ships of the first half of the 16th century, and one of the best such representations of the first generation of ocean-going merchantmen. It is the object of much speculation by scholars and is thought to show the carrack 'Santa Catarina de Monte Sinai' bringing the Infanta Beatriz, second daughter of King Manuel of Portugal, to Villefranche for her marriage to Charles III, Duke of Savoy, in 1521. The Portuguese carracks wearing Manuel's flags and emblems met Italian ships during the journey from Lisbon.
- Image reference: BHC0705
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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