Scipio Africanus

Mattia di Nanni di Stefano

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.).

Scipio Africanus, Mattia di Nanni di Stefano (1403–1433), Poplar, bog oak and other wood inlay, rosewood, tin, bone, traces of green coloring, Italian, Siena

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