This painting is part of the group: Classical Heroines from a Sienese Bedchamber

Marcia was the wife of Cato, who ceded her to his friend Hortensius. After Hortensius' death, she returned to Cato.

Both this painting and 'Tanaquil' are part of a series of works representing famous women of antiquity. Like Mantegna's 'The Vestal Virgin Tuccia with a Sieve' and 'A Woman Drinking' they were no doubt incorporated into the furniture of a room.

The costumes and hair-styles suggest the approximate dating for this work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1484 - 1551
Full title
Marcia
Group
Date made
about 1519
Medium and support
Oil on canvas and Sundeala board, transferred from wood
Dimensions
92.1 x 53.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Acquired by application of the 1956 Finance Act, 1965
Inventory number
NG6369
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Classical Heroines from a Sienese Bedchamber

Painting
Domenico Beccafumi
about 1519
Domenico Beccafumi: 'Tanaquil'