The Death of Tullius, attributed to Livio Mehus (1630-1691).

Octagonal, on slate. 33cm by 33cm.

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.

Livio Mehus who was born in Oudenaarde in Flanders, travelled to Rome at the age of fifteen, where he became a pupil of Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669) and found a powerful patron in Prince Matthias of Tuscany.

Later, he received extensive patronage from the Medici family in Florence, the city where he died.


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