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The Justice of Trajan
Italian, Veronese

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.

Key facts
Artist Italian, Veronese
Full title The Justice of Trajan
Group Cassone Panels with Scenes from the Life of Trajan
Date made probably about 1475-1500
Medium and support Tempera on spruce
Dimensions 33.5 x 33 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1883
Inventory number NG1136
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Cassone Panels with Scenes from the Life of Trajan

These two scenes were cut from the front of a decorated chest, probably made for a private palace.