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Oct 21, 2010

Tarquinius Priscus Entering Rome

Tarquinius Priscus Entering Rome

c. 1470

Jacopo del Sellaio

(Italian, c. 1441–1493)

Tempera on wood, mounted on canvas

Framed: 81.9 x 202.2 x 11.4 cm (32 1/4 x 79 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.); Unframed: 41 x 165.4 cm (16 1/8 x 65 1/8 in.)

Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.646

Description

Originally the front of a bridal chest, this panel was later removed and framed like a painting. At left, the Etruscan prophetess Tanaquil foresees her husband’s entry into Rome. En route, an eagle snatched his hat, then returned it as they approached the city, which Tanaquil interpreted as a good omen. Ancient triumphal processions, closely connected to ancient sarcophagi, were common subjects for bridal chests. Here Tanaquil is a model for a supportive, dutiful wife.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Medieval Art
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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