NOMÉ, François de
(b. 1593, Metz, d. 1644, Napoli)
Belisarius Recognized by one of his Soldiersc. 1630
Oil on canvas, 51 x 81 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans
The story of Belisarius was that of a loyal and successful general in the service of the Byzantine emperor Justinian. He had won major victories against the Vandals, Goths and Bulgarians, but he then became implicated in political intrigues, was accused of treason and disgraced. He became an outcast and was even reduced to begging; one version of the story also said that his eyes were put out.
The painting shows a scene - Belisarius is recognized by one of the soldiers who served under him. The painter emphasizes the architectural setting (a stage set) and the light effects.