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The Widow's Petition
Italian, Veronese

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
Artist Italian, Veronese
Full title The Widow's Petition
Group Cassone Panels with Scenes from the Life of Trajan
Date made probably about 1475-1500
Medium and support Tempera on spruce
Dimensions 34 x 31.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1883
Inventory number NG1135
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.