The Battle of Vercellae

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

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This painting is from a series of ten magnificent canvases painted to decorate the main room of Ca’ Dolfin, a palace in Venice. The battle—brilliantly depicted as a swirling knot of figures, animals, and weaponry—has been tentatively identified as the great victory of Gaius Marius over the fierce Teutonic tribes in Lombardy in 101 B.C. The tribe of the Cimbri had crossed the Alps near Trent and invaded the Veneto, whose mild climate and delicacies reputedly sapped their strength. Their defeat saved Rome from conquest.

The Battle of Vercellae, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid), Oil on canvas

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