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The Death of Seneca

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A distinguished member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, Hallé was renowned for his paintings of noble themes from ancient Greek and Roman history. This painting portrays the dying Roman philosopher and dramatist Seneca, who committed suicide when accused of conspiracy and...

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Provenance

With the artist (exhibited at the Salon of 1750); 1783, from the artist to Jean-Nöel Hallé, Paris; by inheritance, to descendants until about 1970. By 1975, consigned by Établissement Rustique, Vaduz, Liechtenstein to Heim Gallery, London; 1978, sold by Heim Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 12, 1978)

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

1750

Dimensions

153.7 x 121.9 cm (60 1/2 x 48 in.)

Accession Number

1978.123

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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