Amigoni, Jacob, ”Consul Marcus Curius Dentatus prefers turnips to the Samnites’ presents”.

Amigoni, Jacob, ”Consul Marcus Curius Dentatus prefers turnips to the Samnites’ presents”.

Naples 1682 – Madrid 1752

Consul Marcus Curius Dentatus prefers turnips to the Samnites’ presents

Canvas
106 x 80 cm
Inv.nr. 211-1946, Cat.nr. 2

Dentatus, who lived as a simple farmer but was a consul of Rome, refused a bribe from the Samnites, arguing that he would rather eat turnips and that it was more honourable to conquer those who possessed gold than to own it oneself.