Caritas romana (Roman Charity), Artus Quellinus (I), c. 1652

Caritas romana (Roman Charity), Artus Quellinus (I), c. 1652

terracotta, h 23.8cm × w 24.5cm × d 22.5cm. More details

This terracotta gives an impression of the first phase of Quellinus’ design process. It is a loosely modelled sketch for the never realized decoration of a water pump in the inner courtyard of the Town Hall. The subject is Pero offering her aged father, Cimon, her breast to keep him alive in prison – an appropriate subject for a pump near the municipal lockup.

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