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circle of Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528 - 1588):
The Flight of Achior from the Camp of Holofernes
A377; oil on canvas; 27 x 57 cm.
Prov: Sir Paul Methuen; by descent to the 3rd Baron Methuen, Corsham Court, Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Presented by Mrs W.F.R. Weldon, 1926; WA1926.2.
Once attributed to Veronese, A377-82 may have been made in his studio. The narrative, from the apocryphal Book of Judith, celebrates the Jewish heroine who saved her people from the tyranny of Holofernes; the subject was especially popular in Venice. Sumptuous narrative panels such as these were often inserted into luxury chests, or formed part of the decoration of a room, perhaps set in a frieze at the level of the cornice.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
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