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Michele da Verona, Coriolanus persuaded by his Family to spare Rome

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Full title Coriolanus persuaded by his Family to spare Rome
Artist Michele da Verona
Artist dates about 1470 - 1536/44
Date made probably about 1495-1510
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 93.3 × 120 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1886
Inventory number NG1214
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Coriolanus persuaded by his Family to spare Rome
Michele da Verona

After being exiled from Rome, the Roman general Coriolanus led the Volscian army to besiege the city. He was eventually persuaded to call off the attack by his mother, his wife and their children. In this painting, Coriolanus is shown kneeling before his family, his helmet on the ground beside him. One of his soldiers holds his horse, while the others await his commands. Behind them on the left is Rome, on the banks of the river Tiber.

This picture has all the hallmarks of the style of Michele da Verona: the wide, distant landscape; the mountains blocking out the sky; and the ball-shaped trees in neat rows. His slightly wooden figures are lit with a hard, sharp light; their faces have an almost marble-like smoothness.

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