REYNOLDS, Sir Joshua
(b. 1723, Plympton Earl, d. 1792, London)

Continence of Scipio

Oil on canvas, 240 x 166 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The episode depicted, narrated by Livy and Valerius Maximus, tells of how after the taking of Carthage in 209 BC Scipio had treated with respect a beautiful virgin, one of the hostages who had been consigned to him, and had sent her back to her intended husband and parents with the sole recommendation that her suitor strived for peace between Rome and Carthage.

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