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A large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the famous events of AD64 and ‘The Great Fire of Rome’ with the triumphant Emperor Nero and his attendants – including Seneca and the Praetorian Guard – looking-on as St Peter and others are crucified, the city in flames beyond, by the eminent history painter Eduard Buchler (1861-1958). The painting is signed by the artist and is presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Roman historians Pliny the Elder, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio all wrote that Nero was responsible for the Great Fire. The Emperor blamed the city’s Christians, large numbers of whom were crucified including Saint Peter. The events of July AD64 are the subject of the film ‘Quō Vādis’.

Dimensions: (framed) 120cm x 88cm (47¼” x 34½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 101cm x 70cm (39¾” x 27½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private European collection.
Presentation: Superb quality gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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