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Triumph Maria - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. 558.8 x 326.7
The large canvas belongs to a series of ten paintings dedicated to famous episodes of the history of ancient Rome and intended for a luxurious hall in CaDolfin, the Venetian residence of the patriarch Aquileia Dionisio Dolphin. The paintings, enclosed in frames made using the trompe-loeil technique (literally, “optical illusion”), later in 1870, left the walls of the palace. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two more works of this series are stored - “The Capture of Carthage” and “The Battle of Vercelli”. The other seven divided St. Petersburg and Vienna among themselves.
The canvas depicts the numidian king Yugurt brought in captivity in chains in Rome, finally defeated in 107 BC. e. Guy Marius after a fierce war that lasted six years. The scene is presented in accordance with the rules of the ancient Roman ceremonial: the triumph was one of the highest honors rendered by the senate to the victorious commander, who, accompanied by military insignia and trophies, rode through the streets of Rome on a magnificent chariot drawn by white horses.
This work is transitional in the artist’s work, reflecting both the youthful period and the style of a mature master: the spirit of pomp and pompousness of the scene is enriched with a lighting solution that harmoniously combines figures and surroundings, and a magnificent sense of color gleaned by the artist in the 16th century Venetian art culture, especially in Veronese's work. On the left side of the canvas, in front of a warrior carrying a torch, Tiepolo portrayed himself.