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Salviati, Giuseppe (1520 - 1575)
Cloelia Fleeing from the Etruscan King PorsenaDate: 1550s
Movement: Renaissance (Late, Mannerism)
Technique: Pen and ink
Museum: National Gallery of Scotland
Supplement of technique: Pen, brown ink and wash, over black chalk, heightened with white on paper,
Size: 14.10 x 18.10 cm,
Notes: In the early history of Rome, an Etruscan King called Lars Porsena came into conflict with the Roman Republic. The Etruscans and the Romans both occupied the area that is modern day Italy. Eventually a peace treaty was drawn up, and as part of the settlement the Romans handed over ten daughters and ten sons as hostages to Porsena, of which Cloelia was one. She mounted a daring escape from the Etruscans, swimming across the Tiber to safety and helping many of her fellow captors. Fearing reprisals, the girlsâ€™ families sent them back to King Porsenaâ€™s camp, where he granted her and her companions freedom because of the bravery they had displayed in their escape. Salviati has shown the hostages slipping out of the Etruscan camp as the guards sleep.
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