The Plague in Rome, 1869

Oil on woodexpand_more

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Beanexpand_more  72.128

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This is probably a study for Delaunay's most famous painting, a large canvas he exhibited in 1869, but which had its genesis during Delaunay's period of study in Rome (1856-61). The artist took inspiration from a passage in Jacobus de Voragine's 13th-century 'Golden Legend', which describes how divine vengeance brought a plague to Rome. In the painting, plague-stricken figures lie in torment in the streets, while to the right, a good angel commands the bad angel to strike with his spear the homes where the plague will enter.

The Plague in Rome
Artist Life
1828 - 1891
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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