Cartalus, Hanged by Order of His Father, is Cut Down from the Gibbet

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Cartalus, whose body hangs from the gibbet, unsuccessfully attempted to avoid a conflict between religious duty and familial obligation. His father, a nobleman of Carthage, had been banished to Syria because of his political ambition to control the city. He ordered Cartalus, an influential high priest, to persuade the populace to allow his return. At a public celebration devoted to the hero Hercules, Cartalus respected his priestly duties instead of his father's wishes; he conducted the religious sacrifice following custom, neglecting to plead his father's case. After the ceremony, Cartalus returned to his father, who had him hanged for disobedience. The artist painted the story's poignant ending, an event not mentioned in the text.

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  • Title: Cartalus, Hanged by Order of His Father, is Cut Down from the Gibbet
  • Date Created: about 1413 - 1415
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.6 x h42 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112340
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Deaths


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