The Widow's Petition

The Emperor Trajan was persuaded to postpone affairs of state, and render justice to a widow for her dead child (Dante, 'Purgatorio', X:76 ff).

This panel and 'The Justice of Trajan ' are presumably from a cassone, and are probably of the late 15th century.

Spruce was often chosen to make panels for painting in Verona, as opposed to Poplar which was more usual elsewhere in Italy.

The unusual frame may be original, although if so, it has been heavily regilded.

Key facts

Full title
The Widow's Petition
Date made
probably about 1475-1500
Medium and support
Tempera on spruce
34 x 31.5 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 II