The Volscians are besieging Rome (left background). Coriolanus, after being exiled from the city, is acting as their general and is preparing to attack. He was persuaded to desist by Valeria, his mother Volumnia, his wife Virgilia and his children. (Plutarch, 'Life of Coriolanus').

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1470 - 1536/44
Full title
Coriolanus persuaded by his Family to spare Rome
Date made
probably about 1495-1510
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
93.3 x 120 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery