The Marriage of Antiochus and Stratonice

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Together with 'An Incident in the Story of the Vestal Claudia' this roundel was inserted into the front of a 'cassone'. A 'cassone' in Milan has two similar roundels by Montagna with scenes from ancient history. Both chests would have been commissioned to celebrate a wedding in the early 1490s. As with 'An Incident in the Story of the Vestal Claudia' the narrative illustrates the theme of chastity. Antiochus was ill with love for his stepmother, Stratonice: realising this, Seleucus handed over both his wife and his kingdom to his son (Plutarch, 'Lives', 43: 38).

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



The Marriage of Antiochus and Stratonice


early 1490s


tempera & oil (?) on panel


H 29 x W 29 cm

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Bequeathed by Gaspard O. Farrer through the Art Fund, 1946

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