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PELAGIO PALAGI (1775 - 1860)

Virtue Caressing Merit and Hounding Out Ignorance in the Presence of Scholarship


A ravishing lunette by Pelagio Palagi (1775-18 60), assisted by Francesco Hayez  (1791-1882). This work is a crucial addition to the catalogue of Palagi’s work and is clearly associated with the fresco of the same subject he painted in Palazzo Torlonia in Rome between 1813 and 1814 as part of the celebrated cycle illustrating the Story of Theseus (destroyed when the Palazzo was demolished to extend Palazzo Venezia  (in 1901-2). The young Hayez, in Rome on a bursary from the Accademia in Venice, painted the figure of the old man seated on the right.