Manlius Torquatus Fighting a Gaul
  • Manlius Torquatus Fighting a Gaul

    TitleManlius Torquatus Fighting a Gaul
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on spruce
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 160 x 109 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 170 x 125 x 10 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Ludwig Refinger, German, born 1510, born 1510 or 1515, dead 1548 or 1549, dead 1548
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 296
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • Description
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    This painting is a Weltlandschaft, a freely composed panoramic landscape common in 16th-century north European art. In the distance, Rome can be seen. Livy records that the Gauls had advanced on the city and challenged its bravest man to single combat with one of their warriors. Titus Manlius accepted the challenge and won the duel, fought on the bridge in the foreground. Afterwards, he hung the defeated Gaul’s torque (neck ring) round his neck, earning him the nickname Torquatus, “the torqued one”.