Gavin HamiltonAgrippina Landing at Brindisium with the Ashes of Germanicus 1765-72

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Artist
Gavin Hamilton (1723‑1798)
Title
Agrippina Landing at Brindisium with the Ashes of Germanicus
Date 1765-72
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1825 x 2560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03365
On loan to Spencer House (London, UK)

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This subject, from Tacitus's history of Imperial Rome, was popular with neo-classical history painters. Germanicus Julius Caesar was the nephew and adopted son of the Emperor Tiberius and, by his wife Agrippina, the father of Caligula and the grandfather of Nero. He died at Antioch, supposedly by poison or magic. His widow brought his ashes back to Rome in an urn, landing at Brundisium (Brindisi).

August 2004

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