The Story of Cimon and Efigenia

Cimon, a handsome but coarse and uneducated youth, fell in love with Iphigenia (or Efigenia) and married her. The effects of love were beneficial and turned him into an educated and graceful man. This is an improving story from Boccaccio's 'Decameron' (5: 1).

The picture is cut on the left. The original shape suggests it was designed for the decoration of a piece of furniture.

Key facts

Full title
The Story of Cimon and Efigenia
Date made
16th century
Medium and support
Oil on wood
67.9 x 120 cm
Acquisition credit
Sir Claude Phillips Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery