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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