- Angelica Kauffman, Swiss, 1741-1807
- Work Locations: London, England
Papirius Praetextatus Entreated by His Mother to Disclose the Secrets of the Deliberations of the Roman Senate, about 1775-80
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.4
During the late 1700s, painters illustrating texts from ancient Greece and Rome often embedded moralizing messages into their pictures. Such works of art flattered their owners’ intellect while also suggesting their high moral standards. Here Angelica Kauffman tells the story of Papirius, who was granted special entry to the senate after he resisted his mother’s pleas to reveal details of its secret proceedings.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018