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The Roman Widow and the Emperor Trajan
This is an original art print. It is 126 years old.
Artist: Gustave Dore
Type of Print: Original Antique Wood Engraving
Size of Paper: 9 3/4" x 12 1/2"
Size of Image: 7 3/4" x 9 3/4"
Printed in 1887 by Cassell Publishing
Printed on one side only; blank on the reverse. You will receive two sheets of paper; one is the art print and the other is the description.
Condition: Light signs of age. Yellowing around edges of paper. The image area is in excellent condition.
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A certain portion of the Mount of Purgatory, formed of white marble, is engraved with figures representing stories illustrative of the virtue of humility.
Among these is that anecdote of Trajan (sometimes told also of Hadrian) which relates that one day, when setting out on an expedition, surrounded by his legions, he was accosted by a widow, who with tears exclaimed, " Grant me vengeance, sire. My son is murdered." Trajan replied, "Wait till I return," "But if you do not return?" urged the widow. "Then my successor will right you," said the Emperor. The widow, still pressing her case, asked, " What, sire, is another's good to you, if you neglect your own?" Upon which the Emperor said, "It seems that my duty should be performed ere I move hence, So justice wills, and pity bids me stay."
The scene as represented by M. Dore has a look at once sculpturesque and visionary.