Image: Ave Caesar! Io Saturnalia! Opus CCXVII
(Dronrijp, Friesland, Holland, 1836 - 1912, London)

Ave Caesar! Io Saturnalia! Opus CCXVII , 1880

Oil on panel
8 3/4 in. x 17 3/4 in. (22.23 cm x 45.09 cm)
Gift of Mr. Ralph Cortell
This image contains three distinct episodes: a lively festival honoring the god Saturn (at the far right); the murder of the corrupt emperor Caligula and his family (their bodies lay on the floor in the center); and a guard's discovery of Claudius, Caligula's uncle and successor.  Horrified by the murders and fearful that he too will be killed, Claudius attempts to hide behind a curtain.  

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