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Numa Consulting the Nymph Egeria

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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Numa Pompilius became the second king of Rome after the death of Romulus. He reigned wisely for 43 years, dying in 672 BC. He frequently visited the nymph Egeria at Ariccia in the Alban hills to seek her guidance on the governance of the city. In this painting he is consulting her on religious matters, as the only legible words on the tablet are 'Metus Deorum' (fear of the gods) and 'Virgines Vestae' (Virgins of the Vesta).

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    129.4 x 71.2 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the Founders, 1885


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