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Attributed to Livio Mehus (1630-1691),
‘The Death of Tullius.’

Octagonal, on slate. 33cm by 33cm.

Livio Mehus was born in Oudenaarde in Flanders in 1630. He travelled to Rome at the age of fifteen, where he became a pupil of Pietro da Cortona and found a powerful patron, Prince Matthias of Tuscany. Later, in Florence, he received extensive patronage from the Medici family. He died in Florence in 1691.

Servius Tullius was the legendary sixth King of Rome, a popular king and one of Rome’s most significant benefactors who increased the franchise and improved the lot of Rome’s poorer citizens. He was murdered by his treacherous daughter Tullia and her husband Tarquinius Superbus.


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