Cornelia and her Sons

Cornelia, a Roman matron and mother of the Gracchi, declared her sons to be her jewels after a female friend boasted of the jewels she owned (Valerius Maximus, 'De Factis').

The quality of the top portion suggests that it is no more than an old copy (possibly the original was damaged or destroyed). The lower portion could conceivably be by Padovanino.

Key facts

Artist dates
1588 - 1648
Full title
Cornelia and her Sons
Date made
17th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
142.5 x 118.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt.-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
Location in Gallery