The Death of the Consul L. J. Brutus

1728–30, Artist: Giambattista Tiepolo



The Death of the Consul L. J. Brutus

For the main hall of Ca’Dolfin in Venice, Tiepolo painted ten huge canvases in vertical format with scenes from Roman history. After the kings had been driven out of Rome, the young republic waged war against the Etruscans. The two generals, L. J. Brutus (the first consul of Rome) and Aruns Porsena (the son of the last king to be overthrown, Tarquinius Superbus), killed one another in hand-to-hand combat. Tiepolo, whose work sums up the great tradition of painting in Venice in a final climax, masks the horror of the event with his virtuoso artistry.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal VII

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian




Giambattista Tiepolo (1696 Venedig - 1770 Madrid) - GND




oben und unten geschweift: top and bottom curved: 383 x 182 cm


Auf dem Schriftbild oben das verballhornte Zitat: MVTVO VVLNERE OCCVBVIT ADVLTERVM FERE AD INFEROS SEVITVR ...

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 6798


Part of the furnishings of the great hall of Ca'Dolfin near S. Pantaleon in Venice; 1870 Coll. Miller v. Aichholz, Vienna; Coll. Castiglione, Vienna; acquired in 1930

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