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The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer  1883

by Jean-Léon Gérôme

William T. Walters commissioned this painting in 1863, but the artist did not deliver it until 20 years later. In a letter to Walters, Gérôme identified the setting as ancient Rome's racecourse, the Circus Maximus. He noted such details as the goal posts and the chariot tracks in the dirt. The seating, however, more closely resembles that of the Colosseum, Rome's amphithea...
H: 34 5/8 x W: 59 1/8 in. (87.9 x 150.1 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum