Belisarius Engraving c1806 by French Artist Baron Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers (1779 – 1857), a painter, illustrator and engraver; after a painting by the French Neoclassoc Painter Baron François Gérard (1770 – 1837), with lettering done by French Artist Pierre Picquet (1780 – ?).
This engraving depicts the Byzantine General Belisarius, who served under the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I in the 6th Century AD.; as a blind beggar carrying his injured guide in his left arm.
As his guide rest against the shoulder and head of Belisarius, we can see a snake wrapped around left leg of the boy hanging downwards; as Belisarius walks by the shoreline using his walking stick to guide him through the rough terrain, that has plants by his feet on his left and right sides as well as some rocks.
In the background we can see a building on the opposite bank of the river among some trees and in front of a mountain range; as well as a whisper of clouds in the sky.
Below the scene is the name of the piece in upper case letters BELISAIRE, and below that are Dedie a Son Excellence, Monseigneur; and below that the name CHARLES MAURICE TALLEYRAND, Miniestre des Relations Exterienres
Note: That painting and illustration are based on an unsubstantiated story that was made popular by 18th century Neoclassicist, which followed from an assassination attempt that was made against Emperor Justinian I, in which conspirators implicated Belisarius, which led to him being disgraced and stripped of all his honors for a period of 7 months.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available online for purchase as a rolled canvas print.