About this artwork
Plutarch’s early history of Rome recounts the bravery of Cloelia, who was one of several hostages held by the Etruscans during peace negotiations. Cloelia lead a group of women in their escape away from the Clusium camp and across the Tiber river.
With dramatic contrast, Giulio di Antonio Bonasone engraved flourishing dresses and swirling waters in the foreground and closely parallel lines in the shadowy background to heighten the excitement of the rescue. The sculptural effect of the light and dark values mimic an architectural frieze, the original composition of which may have been designed by Polidoro da Caravaggio.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Giulio Bonasone
- Cloelia Crossing the Tiber
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 293 × 425 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within platemark)
- Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection