Neo-Classical oil Painting of Bellisarius Begging for Ams after J.L David


A neo-classical mid-19 century oil on canvas painting after an original 1781 painting by J.L David titled “Bellisarius Begging for Alms” The unsigned painting has been relined and is presented in a very elaborate gilded gesso and black wooden frame.

The subject is an old, blind, poor, seated Bellisarius who was a former famous and courageous general of the eastern Roman army. He has one arm outstretched begging for alms from a classically draped woman. With his other arm Bellisarius is holding a child standing between his legs who has his hands outstretched holding an to the urn to collect the alms.

The original painting by David which shows a third soldier standing behind the woman hangs in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, France

Dimensions: 31.5″W (88cm) x 40″H (155cm)

Ref. BL CL2497