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The Assassination and Funeral of Julius Caesar

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Made for the front of a 'cassone', this would have been commissioned on the occasion of a marriage c.1455–1460. Following Plutarch's 'Lives' (lxii-lxviii), Caesar is seen on the left sacrificing to Apollo; he is then shown on his way to the Forum and, in front of the Pantheon, being handed the message of warning. To the right, his murder in the Senate is depicted and his body is burnt on a pyre in front of Trajan's column; above the wall his spirit watches.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Date

1455–1460

Medium

tempera (?) & gilding on panel

Measurements

H 38.5 x W 134.5 cm

Accession number

WA1850.27

Acquisition method

Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

Work type

Painting


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