This subject, native Tacitus"s background of imperial Rome, was renowned with neo-classical history painters. Germanicus Julius Caesar was the nephew and adopted son that the Emperor Tiberius and, through his wife Agrippina, the father of Caligula and the grand of Nero. He passed away at Antioch, supposedly by toxicity or magic. His widow brought his ashes earlier to Rome in an urn, landing in ~ Brundisium (Brindisi).

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T03365 AGRIPPINA LANDING at BRINDISIUM v THE ASHES of GERMANICUS 1765–72Oil top top canvas, painted area approx. 71 3/4 × 100 3/4 (1825 × 2560), stretcher 71 3/4 × 101 1/4 (1825 × 2575)Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1982Prov: i was delegated by John, first Earl Spencer 1765; by lower to Getacoemojishirt.come, 8 hours Earl Spencer, sold 1981 come P. & D. Colnaghi Ltd, from whom purchased by the GalleryExh: RA 1772 (109); Bicentenary Exhibition, RA December 1968–March 1969 (682); Zwei Jahrhunderte Englische Malerei, brother Council, Haus der Kunst, Munich, November 1979–January 1980 (128, repr.)Lit: Algernon Graves, The imperial Academy of Arts, III, 1905, p.365; Ellis K. Waterhouse, ‘The British donation to the Neo-Classical format in Painting’, Proceedings of the british Academy, XL, 1954, pp.72–3, pl.11; David Irwin, ‘Gavin Hamilton: Archaeologist, Painter, and also Dealer’, art Bulletin, XLIV, 1962, p.96, fig.12; David Irwin, English Neoclassical Art, 1966, p.50, pl.39; David and Francina Irwin, Scottish artist at Home and Abroad 1700–1900, 1975, p.104; Kenneth Garlick, ‘A Catalogue of images at Althorp’, Walpole Society, XLV, 1976, p.35, no.261; Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The paints of Benjamin West, 1986, pp.44–6, repr.Germanicus Julius Caesar to be born on 24 may 15 BC and adopted by his uncle, later on the Emperor, Tiberius in ad 4; this inserted him in the direct line the succession. He served as Consul, Proconsul and also Commander in cook in the Gallic and German districts until he to be recalled through Tiberius in ad 17 and also sent to take it up a new command in the east provinces. In advertisement 19 he dropped mysteriously ill and also died in ~ Antioch on 10 October, encouraged that he had actually been poisoned by Gnaeus Piso who had been appointed governor of Syria through Tiberius to watch Germanicus"s activities. His death caused grief and also suspicion in Rome and also Agrippina"s return v his ashes in one urn, and her progress by foot through her children from Brindisi wherein she landing to Rome, to be upheld as an instance of wifely devotion. Ten years later she to be banished by Tiberius and also died from starvation in 33 AD.No. T03365 is one of a collection of large canvases of timeless subjects painted through Gavin Hamilton in Rome indigenous the early on 1760s onwards. It was i was delegated in 1765 by the first Earl Spencer, because that whom Hamilton was exhilaration in the purchase of functions by Italian seventeenth-century painters including Guercino.

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The painting was completed and in England gradually to be exhibited at the royal Academy in 1772, once Horace Walpole composed in his catalogue, ‘Dull and livid, prefer all his works’. The photo is a usual example that Hamilton"s neoclassicism, based upon the classical tradition together transmitted by Raphael, Poussin and also the seventeenth-century Bolognese school.Published in:
The collection 1982-84: portrayed Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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