With Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13th December 1991, lot 487
Baron Sprovieri collection
Private collection, Brescia
This painter, presumably Luca da Urbino, usually signed with a simple 'L', but signs 'Lu:Ur:' on another plaque in this series (see lot 2); for a further discussion of this painter , see Timothy Wilson, Fimantiquari 2, 1993
Following the loss of the City of Babylon to the Assyrians, Zopyrus went to Darius, whom he had helped to install as King of the Persians, with a plan. He had his face deliberately mutilated, and King Darius expelled him into exile. Zopyrus then went to Babylon as a refugee, where his bona fides were accepted because of his dreadful injuries and he was placed at the head of the Babylonian armies. He then handed over the army and the city to King Darius.
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