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Jean-François-Pierre Peyron
BELISARIUS RECEIVING HOSPITALITY FROM A PEASANT
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445
Jean-François-Pierre Peyron
BELISARIUS RECEIVING HOSPITALITY FROM A PEASANT
Estimate
7,00010,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Jean-François-Pierre Peyron
AIX-EN-PROVENCE 1744 - 1814 PARIS
BELISARIUS RECEIVING HOSPITALITY FROM A PEASANT
signed and dated lower right: P. Peyron inv. et f. / anno 1811
oil on canvas, laid on board, unframed
19 7/8 by 24 1/2 in.; 49.3 by 62.3 cm.
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Catalogue Note

This painting, signed and dated 1811, repeats the composition of Peyron's celebrated work in the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse (inv. RO 195, 93 by 132 cm., signed and dated 1779), which was commissioned along with its pendant, Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, by the abbé François de Bernis, later Archbishop of Rouen.  The works probably traveled to Albi with the abbé de Bernis in March 1782, though the Belisarius was exhibited, with much praise, at Palazzo Mancini in Rome in 1779.  Another version of the composition (possibly the sketch for the Toulouse canvas), is in the National Gallery, London (inv. no. NG6551).1

The theme of Belisarius, derived from Marmontel's novel 'Bélisaire' (1767), was very popular at the time; Peyron's rival Jacques-Louis David also painted the subject, the same year that Peyron exhibited his version at Palazzo Mancini.  Given the positive reception of Peyron's Toulouse canvases, particularly the Belisarius, it is unsurprising that he would have continued to produce versions of the painting for private patrons throughout his career. 

1. H. Wine, "Two Paintings by Peyron at the National Gallery," Burlington Magazine, vol. 139, no. 1129, April 1997, pp. 248-255. 

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