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Camma Offers the Poisoned Wedding Cup to Synorix in the Temple of Diana

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A statue of Diana, goddess of the hunt and protectress of women, presides over a classical temple where Camma, a priestess of Diana's cult, takes revenge on the powerful ruler Synorix, who has murdered her husband. Pretending to accept his proposal of marriage, she offers him poisoned milk and...

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April 24, 1775, Cabinet Le Doux sale, Paris, lot 51 [see note 1]. May 10, 1793, anonymous (Valkers or Valguerse) sale, Paillet, Paris, lot 32 [see note 2]. Samuel Pawson, London; December 1795 or 1796, Pawson sale, Great Room, London, lot 37 [see note 3]. Eric Ayshford Knight (b. 1863 - d. 1944), Wolverley House, Worcester, England. Art market, England; acquired by an unnamed dealer in England and sold to P. and D. Colnaghi, London [see note 4]; 1948, sold by Colnaghi to the MFA for £1200. (Accession Date: January 8, 1948) NOTES: [1] As first suggested by Marie Cabane in a letter to Lucretia Giese of the MFA (November 21, 1973) and published by Marguerite Sapin, "Contribution à l'étude de quelques oeuvres d'Eustache Le Sueur," Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France 4 (1978): 250, n. 10. [2] Alain Merot, Eustache Le Sueur (1616-1655) (Paris, 1987), p. 180, cat. no. 32. [3] Marguerite Sapin, "Précisions sur l'histoire de quelques tableaux d'Eustache Le Sueur," Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art français, 1984, p. 57, cat. no. 6. [4] According to a letter from James Byam Shaw, Colnaghi, to W. G. Constable, MFA (January 13, 1948). The painting is mentioned in correspondence from Colnaghi as early as September, 1947.

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M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

about 1644


171.8 x 125.7 cm (67 5/8 x 49 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas