Sacrifice of a Goat to Jupiter

As part of the Mantua sale, Charles acquired a number of works by the Gonzaga’s court painter Giulio Romano, Raphael’s most talented pupil. Many of these pictures depict scenes from antiquity, some with a decidedly imperial flavour. Here, a burnt offering is made to the Roman god Jupiter.

We might imagine this firey work hung above the chimney in the Second Privy Lodging Room. It remains in the Royal Collection today.

Van der Doort c.1639

Giulio Romano

Sacrifice, 4 small, full-length figures and a goat lying by to be sacrificed, a high and narrow piece,

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 18, № 7
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
4ft x 2ft 2in (121.9 x 66cm)
Mantua piece
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 22
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, no. 140, 122 x 66
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

Giulio Romano