- Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus, 1839
- Joseph Mallord William Turner
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- Original: Oil on canvas 91 x 122 cm Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The story of Germanicus had long been popular with history painters as an ‘exemplum virtutis’ (virtuous example) of a dutiful wife. Turner’s verses for this painting show that he saw the tragic episode as heralding the decline of Imperial Rome. Here he reconstructs the city in elaborate detail, though in fact Agrippina had landed at Brundisium (Brindisi) rather than Rome.
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