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Fabio Massimo before the Senate of Carthage - Giambattista Tiepolo

Fabio Massimo before the Senate of Carthage - Giambattista Tiepolo

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The work

Dionisio Dolfin, patriarch of Aquileia, commissioned a series of ten paintings on themes from Roman history (five of which are now in the Hermitage) for his Venetian palace, known as Ca' Dolfin. In this work the artist chooses the scene in which Rome declares war on Carthage (Livy, Roman History, II, 6). Rome sent an embassy to the Senate in Carthage under the leadership of Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (273-203 BC), known as Cunctator (the procrastinator).

The embassy was protesting against Carthage's seizure of a city allied with Rome. Since the senators refused to respond to the protest, Quintus Fabius asked them what they would choose, war or peace? The senators chose war. In the upper part of the painting an extract from the Epitome of Roman history (II, 6) by Florus is visible. It reads "When the Carthaginians refused to respond, the head of the embassy Fabius said: 'What is the delay? Here I bring you war and peace. Which do you choose?' In response to their cry of "War!" he replied, 'So you will have war,' shook in front of everyone picking up a fold of his toga, and let it go, not without a shudder, as if he really brought war into that fold."

Tiepolo places the main hero with his back to the viewer, leaving us only to guess the expression on his face. This device was used repeatedly in the Ca' Dolfin series of paintings and creates an impression of high emotional tension.

How reproductions are made

The craftsmen of Trizio Editore make a reproduction of this subject with a unique mechanism . The image is in fact printed several times as a test, until the correct combination of color tones is found. Finally, a professional 12-color inkjet printer creates a perfect copy, which is double-checked by hand and left to dry in protected environments. The artisans spread a natural fixative to preserve the shine and sharpness of the image and package the product entirely by hand.

Appreciated and used today by true connoisseurs of quality, fine papers or pictorial canvases have an ancient tradition. Symbol of Made in Italy recognized throughout the world, these extremely refined prints represent priceless subjects that come to life in a new light.

When printing is carried out, it passes to drying which in protected environments and with precise temperature and humidity helps the colors to remain vivid and full-bodied. The following fixing serves to keep the colors as just done forever. In fact, the fixer comes directly into contact with the surface and creates a real physical barrier between the colors and dust or bad weather.

The choice of frames is then a delicate and precise design step . Beech, maple or cherry, each with its own peculiarities and colours. With natural elements, we have special frames with incredible brilliance and lightness.
The matching of the frames is clearly done depending on the subject. To help us in the choice, art experts and painting masters carry out tests and tell us which choice to make.
All reproductions are chosen and followed by our Italian artisans.

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