Flight of Cloelia

WAG 150

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Cloelia was a legendary Roman heroine and the daughter of an aristocrat. She was given as a hostage to the Etruscans, a rival group occupying the area that is now modern day Italy. Here she is seen escaping her captors on horseback across the river Tiber. She turns to help some of her companions on the right side of the painting, while Roman soldiers greet them on the left. The subject was popular in France after a novel based on the story was published in the mid 17th century. This work is possibly by Bertholet Flémal, a follower of Nicolas Poussin.