Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Julius Caesar

Artist:
Workshop of Colin Nouailher (French, active 1539, d. after 1571)
Date:
probably ca. 1541
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); Diameter (with frame): 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Painted
Credit Line:
Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1928
Accession Number:
28.217.2a, b
Not on view
This portrait of Julius Caesar is part of a series depicting the Nine Worthies, historical figures thought to embody the values of chivalry—from antiquity: Hector, Alexander, and Julius Caesar; from the Old Testament: Joshua, David, and Judas Maccabeus; and from the Middle Ages: King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godefroy de Bouillon. The Nine Worthies were first extolled as exemplars of the chivalric code by Jacques de Longuyon, in his romance Les Voeux du Paon (The Vows of the Peacock, ca. 1312), and thereafter became a popular subject in French literature and art.
Inscription: In gilt on the top edge: SESAR/IVLIVS
Didier Petit , Lyon (until at least 1843) ; J. Webb (until 1848) ; V. Everit Macy , New York (until 1928; to MMA)
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