Arrivo a Colonia

Arrival of the Pilgrims in Cologne

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

Vittore Carpaccio
Venezia 1460 c. - prima del giugno 1526
Arrival of the Pilgrims in Cologne
Canvas, 279 x 254 cm
Acquired following the Napoleonic Suppression, 1812
Hall XXI

On her return, Ursula’s ship arrives in Cologne after having sailed up the Rhine. The city, however, has been overrun by Attila, who is seen in the foreground as he is informed of her arrival. The flags bearing three crowns placed side by side on a red backdrop are, according to one scholarly interpretation, a reference to Mehmed II and therefore an allusion to the threat posed by the Turks, Venice’s enemies. The perspectival view of Cologne contains little references to Venice, and particularly the Serenissima’s Arsenal, which is evoked by the fortified building.