About This Artwork

Workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni and Marco del Buono Giamberti
Italian, 1415/17-1465 & 1403-1489

The Battle of Pharsalus and the Death of Pompey, 1455/60

Tempera on panel
40.5 x 127.5 cm (16 x 50 1/4 in.)

Bequest of C. Ruby Sears in honor of Richard Warren Sears II, 1974.394

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Raimond van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, vol.10 (The Hague, 1928), pp. 554–55.

Ellen Callmann, Apollonio di Giovanni (Oxford, 1974), p. 75, under no. 57.

Ellen Callmann, “Roman Virtue and Renaissance Marriage,” The Register of the Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas 6, 8/9 (1991/1992), pp. 30–32, 35–36, figs. 13 and 15.

Christopher Lloyd, Italian Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago. A Catalogue of the Collection (Chicago, 1993), pp. 15–17, ill.

Ellen Callmann, “Jacopo del Sellaio, the Orpheus Myth, and Painting for the Private Citizen,” Folia Historiae Artium, n.s. 4 (1998), p. 149.

Caroline Campbell, Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence: The Courtauld Wedding Chests, exh. cat., The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, pp. 37, 98, under no. 8.

Ownership History

Richard Warren Sears II (d. 1949), Chicago, by 1923 [Sears lent the painting and 1974.393 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1923, see correspondence in curatorial file]; at Sears’s death to his widow, C. Ruby Sears (d. 1974); bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1974.

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