These three paintings are a triptych based on two poems by Andrea Maffei, The Venetian and Revenge, which were allegories to the political and cultural reunification happening in Italy in the 19th Century. In the poems, the central character Maria (seen here in the green dress) is sucked into a revenge plot by Rachel, who holds a letter explaining how Maria’s lover has betrayed her. Rachel implores Maria to denounce the man to the state inquisitors. In the second painting Maria looks pained as she is about to anonymously drop off the complaint letter to the authorities. The third painting has been lost so we only have a poor copy of it, but it shows the complaint letter in the hands of an inquisitor after Maria has confessed the truth to him. Rachel admonishes Maria for giving up the plot.