Julius Caesar

Workshop of Colin Nouailher French

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 18

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.

Julius Caesar, Workshop of Colin Nouailher (French, active 1539, d. after 1571), Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt, French, Limoges

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