The technique used in this painting is romanticism. This is illustrated in the strong connection Rienzi seems to have with his brother. He mourns his death and vows to avenge and seek justice for his death. William Holman shows the strong emotions on Rienzi’s face to show his grief. The painting of shows the grief that strikes someone when they lose someone they love. The painting is derived from a novel written in 1835 “Rienzi, the last of the Roman Tribunes” by Bulwer Lytton.
The reason he chose to paint this painting was to bring to life that scene. He wanted the people to picture the scene when Rienzi came face to face with the news. How he reacted to finding that his brother is dead. The painting shows William’s attempt to try and paint a clear picture. It can be seen that had some great difficulties painting most of his figures in a natural pose as with the solder on the far left. This can be seen is some of his other painting like the Hireling shepherd and the awakening conscience.
This piece of art is now part of a private collection. It is a great addition to the private collection and a symbol of history and love. William hunt was inspired by the life of John Ruskin. He followed most of his principles and used paintings to show the truth and uphold moral integrity. The painting shows the commitment and love between family members. It shows the extent family loyalty can reach.