Description In AD 41, the debauched Roman emperor Caligula was murdered. Gratus, a member of the Praetorian, draws a curtain aside to reveal the terrified Claudius who is hailed as emperor on the spot. Beneath the herm in the background, lie the bodies of Caligula, his wife Caesonia, their young daughter and of a bystander. The blood stains on the herm denote the struggle that has transpired as well as the setting, the Hermaeum, an apartment in the Palace where Claudius had sought refuge.
- Exposition Universelle. Paris. 1878.
- I, Claudius: Art in the Age of Julio-Claudians. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
- Empires Restored, Elysium Revisited: The Art of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; Taft Museum of Art, Cincinatti; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991-1992.
- Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. 1996-1997.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1882, by purchase [from artist with Charles W. Deschamps as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On altar socle: L Alma Tadema; [Date] On altar socle: 71
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1882
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