Relief of Mucius Scaevola by Giovanni Maria Mosca

The relief is thought to be part of a group of tablets which represent human virtues.

Details

Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
34 x 21 cm
Art Fund grant:
£40,000 ( Total: £160,000)
Acquired in:
1989
Vendor:
Daniel Katz Ltd

The subject is taken from Livy 2: 12-13. Caius Mucius, a young Roman noble, penetrated the Etruscan camp in 507BC but instead of assassinating the King of the Etruscans, he killed the King's aide by mistake. To show the guards how cheaply he valued his life he thrust his right hand into the flames. The King was impressed and let him go. Scaevola means left-handed.

Provenance

The Duke of Leeds; Christie's, 7/7/87, lot 135; Katz.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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