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Tito Lessi (Italian, 1858-1917)

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Tito Lessi (Italian, 1858-1917)

Toscanelli et les ambassadeurs de Portugal

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Tito Lessi (Italian, 1858-1917) Toscanelli et les ambassadeurs de Portugal signed, inscribed and dated 'Tito.Lessi.Firenze.1903' (lower left) oil on panel 21¼ x 27¾ in. (55 x 70.5 cm.)
Provenance
National Association of Artists, Piazza Pitti, Florence
Gallerie Sedelmeyer, Paris
Exhibited
Paris Salon, 1904
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In July 1459, a meeting took place in Florence between the famous savant Paolo Toscanelli and the ambassadors of King Alphonse V of Portugal; where Toscanelli advanced his theory of the possibility of travelling to the West Indies by a more direct route across the Atlantic ocean. Fifteen years later, he communicated this theory to Christopher Columbus and, on this basis in 1492, during the reign of Ferdinand V, King of Spain, Columbus he discovered the Americas.

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