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Verturia and Volumnia before Coriolanus by Giuseppe Chiari (1654-1727).

Oil on canvas, 165cm by 221cm. In a carved and gilded frame.

This is recorded as having been painted for Jacopo Montinioni who died in Rome in 1687.  It was bought by the 5th Earl, probably in Rome in 1699 whilst on his final Grand Tour, and was recorded at Burghley House in the 1738 Inventory.

Having been expelled from Rome, Coriolanus, a legendary Roman general, allied himself with the Volscians, a tribe hostile to Rome and laid siege to the city. He was beseeched by his mother, Verturia, and his wife, Volumnia, not to attack the city in which they still lived and to which they remained loyal.



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