The Boarding of the young Greek

Boarding of the young Greek.

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Author/ School/ Dating:

Joseph Vernet (Avignone 1714 – Parigi, 1789)

Technique and Dimensions:

Engraving on paper, 40 x 60 cm


In storage (inv. no. 2469)


Donation Fabio Garelli, 1922

Object Type:



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.