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Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Chasm, by Luca Giordano (1632-1706).by

Oil on canvas, 181cm by 229cm.

The story of the legendary Roman hero Marcus Curtius was popular with artists from the time of the Renaissance. After a chasm had opened during an earthquake, threatening Rome, the city was saved by the courageous action of a young Roman soldier who leapt with his horse into the gulf, which thereupon closed, thus saving the city.

The painting appears in the Burghley Inventory of 1688: “The Stewards Parlor….1 peice of Curtius no frame, by Jordanus”. It was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter whilst on the Grand Tour from one of his favourite artists.

REFERENCE: PIC117

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