About this artwork

This relief is thought to be part of a group of tablets which represent human virtues as praised in classical literature. The subject is taken from Livys Annals. Rome in 507 BC was besieged by the Etruscans under Lars Porsenna, King of Clusium. Caius Mucuis, a young Roman noble, penetrated the Etruscan camp but instead of assassinating Porsenna, killed the King's aide by mistake. Captured by guards, he thrust his right hand into flames of a nearby altar to show how cheaply he valued his life. Duly impressed, Porsenna let him go.

Giovanni-Maria Mosca

Giovanni-Maria Mosca