The subject comes from Sallustius: Sophonisba, queen of Numidia, takes poison before being repudiated by her husband Masinissa, who had allied himself with Rome. Although derived from a Lombard prototype by Giampietrino, the picture is captivating for the smooth classicism that makes it seem timeless.


  • Title: Sophonisba
  • Creator: Giovan Francesco Caroto (Verona 1478/1482 - 1555)
  • Date Created: 1520 - 1525 ca
  • Physical Dimensions: H 94 x L 66 cm
  • Provenance: acquired by the Museum in 1882
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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