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Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Chasm, Luca Giordano (1634-1705).

Oil on canvas, 49cm by 64cm.

This painting is likely to have been purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter as he patronised Giordano. However, it first appears in the 1763 Inventory: “The Drawing room … Curtius leaping into the gulph by L. Jordanus.”

Marcus Curtius was a legendary Roman soldier who sacrificed himself to persuade the gods to close a chasm that had opened up in the Roman Forum.

 

REFERENCE: PIC403

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