Oct 21, 2010
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Oct 21, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
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

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This painting utilizes continuous narrative; the same figures appear multiple times as the story unfolds from left to right.


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
MED - Medieval Art
Medieval Art
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