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The Continence of Scipio

The Continence of Scipio

c. 1710

Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini

(Italian, 1675-1741)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 155.5 x 132 x 12 cm (61 1/4 x 51 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.); Unframed: 127 x 105 cm (50 x 41 5/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1968.207

Description

In a story of virtuous leadership and wise government, the Roman commander Scipio Africanus the Elder appears after his stunning conquest of New Carthage in Spain in 209 BC. Standing above the crowd, he returns his victor’s reward--a beautiful young woman--to her husband.

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