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Nicolas Poussin

The Noble Deed of Scipio.

1640. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia. Read Note.

Nicolas Poussin. The Noble Deed of  Scipio.

Scipio Aemilianus, Publius Cornelius, African Minor (185-129 BC) Roman statesman and general. He commanded the Roman troops in the third Punic war, which ended by the capture and destruction of Carthage in 146 BC. A legend says that he was presented with a young beautiful captive, but founding out that she was betrothed, he returned her to her fiancé