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Emperor Heraclius Slays the King of Persia  1480

by Anonymous

This panel was probably part of an altarpiece dedicated to the Holy Cross, a relic that was much venerated in the Middle Ages. Through repeated retelling, its story took on some of the qualities of a chivalric romance. That story included the adventures of the Byzantine emperor Heraclius, who rescued the True Cross and returned it to Jerusalem after its capture by Chosroës...
67.6 × 54.2 cm; painted surface: 66.6 × 52.6 cm
Tempera and oil on panel
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago