In the painting, Cornelia, a wife of a Roman patrician is pictured with her two sons talking to a woman with a jewelry box who according to a story asks Cornelia where her jewels are if her husband is so successful.
The painting depicts the moment when Cornelia responds to the woman by gesturing to her children, indicating that they are her jewels. Cornelia tells the woman that it is her job to raise her boys to be great men like their father. This painting is an image of posterity above material items.
Cornelia is a good wife and mother who embraces her domestic role, the ideal. She also raised her two sons, Tiberius and Gaius, known as the Gracchi, to be successful politicians. Her loyalty to her sons and to their career is documented by Roman histories. During the 18th century, Cornelia was celebrated for this role and attitude.
Excellent condition. The painting is not framed.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 64 x Width 55 - Painting
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 10 inches - Painting
Our reference: 01725
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