• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    Spanish School, 17th Century

    A Roman hero, three-quarter-length, in laurels and armour, holding a commander's baton

    Price Realised  

    Spanish School, 17th Century
    A Roman hero, three-quarter-length, in laurels and armour, holding a commander's baton
    inscribed 'LT FACERE, ATQVE PATI ROMANVM FORTIA CASA FORTiA VIXITA GENS, FORTiA PASSVS OBIT,' (upper centre)
    oil on canvas
    61 1/8 x 45¾ in. (155.2 x 116.2 cm.)


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    The Latin inscription extolls the depicted warrior as a paragon of Roman virtue, a hard-working defender of the Roman house and a vanquisher of enemies. The composition would seem to be inspired by a celebrated series of Roman Emperors painted by Titian for the Gonzaga court at Mantua, and subsequently recorded in the Galería del Mediodía of the Alcázar, Madrid, from 1666 to 1734, when they perished in the great fire (see Harold E. Wethey, The Paintings of Titian, III, London, 1975, no. L-12, pp. 45-7 and 235-40, figs. 31-50).

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