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  • Dictatorship Offered to Cincinnatus

    Artist:
    Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista. 1696-1770
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    387x227 cm

Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista. 1696-1770

Dictatorship Offered to Cincinnatus

Italy, Circa 1730

Dionisio Dolfin, Patriarch of Aquileia, commissioned a series of ten paintings on themes from Roman history (five of which are now in the Hermitage) for his Venetian palace, known as the Ca' Dolfin. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (first half of the 5th century BC) was a Roman military commander famed for his simplicity and the modesty of his life, and much respected by his fellow countrymen. He abandoned his military affairs and retired to work on a small piece of land. When Rome was attacked by mountain tribes the Senate decided to appoint a dictator and sent envoys to Cincinnatus to beg him to take command and lead the battle. Cincinnatus was working in the field when the envoys arrived. He listened to the request and accepted the command, but when the Romans had defeated their enemies he returned to his former life (Livy, Roman History, III, 26). In Tiepolo's painting the envoys of the Senate are handing the fasces of power to Cincinnatus.

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Dictatorship Offered to Cincinnatus

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387x227 cm

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Formerly in the Dolfin Palace, Venice; since the 1870s had been in the collection of Miller von Aichholz; subsequently in the A.A. Polovtsov collection; presented to the Stieglitz Museum in 1886

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ГЭ-7474

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