The Justice of Trajan

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

Full title
The Justice of Trajan
Date made
probably about 1475-1500
Medium and support
Tempera on spruce
33.5 x 33 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Cassone Panels with Scenes from the Life of Trajan

Italian, Veronese
probably about 1475-1500
Italian, Veronese: 'Trajan and the Widow I'