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Scipio Africanus

Mattia di Nanni di Stefano (1403–1433)
ca. 1425–30
Italian, Siena
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.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Moore, by exchange and Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1997
Accession Number:
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) ]
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