"Veneziano Bonifacio. (1474-1563.) Venice. Coriolanus before Rome. 110 x 54. Caius or Cnaeus Marcius, surnamed Coriolanus, from his capture of the town of Corioli, made the people of Rome his enemies by arguing in the senate against the gratuitous distribution of corn, and by his generally determined opposition to the extension of the popular liberties. He had to fly. Out of revenge, he headed the Volscian army, and his victories placed Rome in the greatest peril. Deaf to the entreaties of all others, he was moved by the prayers of his aged mother and his wife, volumnia, who, accompanied by the noblest matrons of Rome, and his two children, sought him in his tent. He lead the volscian army back to their own territory, where he lived to an advanced age. Shakespeare has made his name immortal."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.