The Emperor Trajan was persuaded to postpone affairs of state, and render justice to a widow for her dead child. The story is taken from Dante's 'Purgatorio' X:76 ff.This panel and 'The Widow's Petition ' are presumably from a cassone, and are probably of the late 15th century.For other Veronese paintings of this type also with subjects from Roman history see Domenico Morone.
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These two scenes were cut from the front of a decorated chest, probably made for a private palace.