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An Incident in the Story of the Vestal Claudia

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Together with 'The Marriage of Antiochus and Stratonice' this roundel was inserted into the front of a 'cassone'. A 'cassone' in Milan has two similar roundels by Montagna with scenes from ancient history. Both chests would have been commissioned to celebrate a wedding in the early 1490s. As with 'The Marriage of Antiochus and Stratonice' the narrative illustrates the theme of chastity. The Vestal Virgin Claudia proved her chastity by a feat of miraculous strength, pulling a loaded boat free from the shallows of the Tiber (Ovid, 'Fasti', IV, 305–328).

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



tempera & oil (?) on panel


H 29 x W 29 cm

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Bequeathed by Gaspard O. Farrer through the Art Fund, 1946

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