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Premier Auction - Session I | November 11, 2022

Fri, Nov 11, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 400

After Titian, Emperor Otho

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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(Italian, 1485-1576)

Roman Emperor Marcus Salvius Otho (32-69 AD), inscribed upper left, 18th century or earlier, oil on canvas, 43-1/8 x 32-1/2.; painted wood frame, 43-7/8 x 33-3/8 in.


Aegidius Sadeler II, Robert van Voerst and others engraved this painting by Titian, and it is likely this copy was made from one of these early print sources.

Emperor for three months, the historian Tacitus reports, "Contrary to everyone?s expectation, Otho made no dull surrender to luxury or ease. He put off his pleasures, concealed his extravagances, and ordered his whole life befitting the imperial position." was admired in his death at his own hand as it was viewed as a sacrifice to prevent civil war.

Provenance: Estate of Ben Smith, Newnan, Georgia


lined in the late 19th/early 20th century with paste and linen, patches verso, overcleaning with red ground showing through, craquelure, surface dirt and mildew spotting, pentimento upper left, retouch

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