This week, I thought it would be fun to show new panels alongside the models from history that inspired them:
The Orestes Family Triptych. This is a carving on three pieces of ivory, connected to one another by twine or hinges to fold in on each other, like a family portrait on the mantle. Here we see, l-r, Romulus, Orestes, and Romulus's mother.
The Diptych of Stilicho, c. A.D. 395, of the magister militum Stilicho and his family. A diptych is the same as a triptych, only with two parts instead of three.
Romulus surrenders to Odoacer.
The same scene from "The Young Folks' History of Rome" by Charlotte Mary Yonge, 1880.
The Battle of Ticinum.
Its inspiration: a battle scene from a 3rd-century A.D. Roman sarcophagus.