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Numa Pompilius speaks with the nymph Egeria

Numa Pompilius speaks with the nymph Egeria

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Print on handmade paper from Amalfi
Measurement : 29 x 42 cm
Material : work printed on very fine handmade Amalfi paper with fringed edges
Frame : Handmade light brown beech wood


The work

Numa Pompilius receives the laws of Rome from the nymph Egeria
Palace of the Spanish Embassy, ​​Hall of Legislators, Rome

The work is titled "Numa Pompilius receives the laws of Rome from the nymph Egeria" and is an oil painting on canvas created by Giani Felice in 1815. The painting depicts a scene from the legend of Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome , who according to tradition he went at night to a forest near the Porta Capena to meet the nymph Egeria, his lover and advisor. From her, Numa received inspiration on the laws and rites to be instituted in Rome, such as the reform of the calendar, the creation of various priestly classes and the prohibition on representing divinities with human or animal features.

The painting by Giani Felice shows the moment in which Numa, sitting on a rock, listens attentively to the words of Egeria, who hands him a scroll of parchment. The nymph is wrapped in a white veil and has a sweet and affectionate look. Numa wears a red tunic and a laurel wreath, symbols of his royal power. In the background you can see some trees and a spring, which according to the myth was born from the tears of Egeria after the death of Numa.

Giani Felice was an Italian painter, born in Rome in 1789 and died in the same city in 1862. He was a pupil of Vincenzo Camuccini and specialized in historical painting, drawing inspiration from the themes of classical antiquity and Roman history. Among his best-known works are "The Death of Virginia", "The Death of Lucretia" and "The Death of Cato Uticensis". He was also an appreciated portraitist and decorator of palaces and churches.

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