Sanguine Drawing Neoclassical Subject


Period red chalk drawing with neoclassical subject.

Depicting the Atilius Regulus departing for Carthage.

Atilius Regulus was a Roman statesman taken prisoner during the first Punic War between Rome and Carthage.

During his long captivity, the Carthaginians decided to return him to Rome to trade him for prisoners and ask for an end to the war, obliging him to return if he could not convince the Romans and be condemned to death.

Attilius Regolus realized his enemies’ extremely strained state and convinced Rome to launch an attack on the Carthaginians, whom he considered much weakened.

At the end of the story, Attilius Regolus, keeping the promise to his enemies, left for Carthage where he tragically met his death.

The scene beautifully depicts the suffering of his wife Marcia and his children who did not want to let him go.

The style, the poses of the figures, and the technique suggest it was made in the early 19th century by a French artist following Jacques-Louis David.

This remarkable work is embellished with gold-edged mounting paper and a beautiful wooden frame.

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Materials: Paper, wood

Color: Ivory, brown, ginger

Technique: Red chalk

Period: Early 19th century

Designer: French artist following Jacques-Louis David

Origin: France

Wear: Wear consistent with age and use

Dimensions (inc):

Height: 23.62 with frame/ 14.74 without frame

Width: 27.55 with frame/ 19.68 without frame

Depth: 2.36

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Sanguine Drawing Neoclassical Subject after David

Red chalk drawing with neoclassical subject.

The highly dynamic and evocative scene is undoubtedly from ancient classical literature, likely from an episode of ancient republican Rome described by Titus Livy and sung by the poet Horace.

Additional information
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 20 × 90 × 80 cm

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Egidi Madeinitaly

128, Rue la Boétie 75008 Paris – France

P.IVA FR10484396627

Perito del Tribunale di Roma
4008 del 20.12.2002

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