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Belisarius receiving Hospitality from a Peasant
Jean-François-Pierre Peyron

The scene is derived from Marmontel's novel 'Bélisaire' (1767). The general Belisarius, unjustly blinded and impoverished by the eastern Roman emperor Justinian, is welcomed as a hero into the home of a peasant who introduces him to his family. At the left stands the peasant's son who had once served under Belisarius and who now plans vengeance against Justinian.

Like 'Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi' this painting may be a sketch exhibited by Peyron at the 1785 Paris Salon for a larger version of the subject now in Toulouse.

Key facts
Artist Jean-François-Pierre Peyron
Artist dates 1744 - 1814
Full title Belisarius receiving Hospitality from a Peasant
Group Two Scenes from Ancient Roman History
Date made 1779
Medium and support Oil on paper laid down on canvas
Dimensions 55 x 84.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1995
Inventory number NG6551
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Two Scenes from Ancient Roman History

These two paintings were made as sketches for pendants, or companion pieces, intended to be shown together.