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Joseph Vernet (Avignone 1714 – Parigi, 1789)
Engraving on paper, 40 x 60 cm
In storage (inv. no. 2469)
Donation Fabio Garelli, 1922
In the eighteenth century, compared to the preceding two centuries, the eastern Mediterranean was no longer a hostile coast. Trade and commerce resumed, even if the “Sublime Porte” tended to favour a secular ally: France.
Although in decline, the Ottoman empire still dominated various European “peoples” who had not yet recognized themselves as sovereign states: but nationalism smouldered amidst the ashes and it would not be long before it exploded. Among them the Greeks.