Skip to main content

The Trial of Mucius Scaevola

Vittorio Maria Bigari (Italian, 1692–1776)
Bigari collaborated on many fresco decorations in towns around Bologna. This study for a wall painting in the main salon of a palace in Faenza, near Bologna, shows a scene from Livy's Early History of Rome in which a young Roman aristocrat, Mucius Scaevola, confronts the invading Etruscans and thrusts his right hand into the fire to demonstrate his fearlessness.

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.