Poplar, bog oak and other wood inlay, rosewood, tin, bone, traces of green coloring
24-3/16 x 17-1/8 in. (61.5 x 43.3 cm.)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Moore, by exchange and Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1997
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
This panel was part of the intarsia bench made for the council chamber of the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena and placed under Simone Martini's (1284-1344) fresco the Maestà. The bench incorporated several panels with figures from Roman Republican history, all models of civic virtue, such as the illustrious general Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus (237-183 B.C.).
Inscription: On large tear-shaped shield: letters X S [senatus] P [popolus] q [que]; inscription below identifies sitter as SCIPIO AFF [sic]RICANUS.
Palazzo pubblico, Siena (until 1809) ; [ Jan Koldewey (until 1997; sold to MMA) ]
Artist: Attributed to workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso (Italian, Florence ca. 1416–1465 Florence)Date: after ca. 1461Medium: Poplar wood, linen, polychromed and gilded gesso with panel painted in tempera and goldAccession: 14.39On view in:Gallery 604
Date: ca. 1606–23Medium: Oak and poplar veneered with various exotic hardwoods, with ebony moldings and plaques of marble, slate (paragon); pietre dure work consisting of colored marbles, rock crystal, and various hardstonesAccession: 1988.19On view in:Gallery 503
Artist: Designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, Siena 1439–1501 Siena)Date: ca. 1478–82Medium: Walnut, beech, rosewood, oak and fruitwoods in walnut baseAccession: 39.153On view in:Gallery 501
Artist: Attributed to the Workshop of Giuliano da Maiano (1432–1490) and Benedetto da Maiano (1442–1497)Date: ca. 1489–91Medium: Walnut, maple, ebony; ebonized wood, and fruitwood; traces of gilding and red paintAccession: 30.93.2On view in:Gallery 500