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Lucretia committed suicide after being raped by her cousin Sextus, son of Tarquinius Superbus (Livy, History of Rome, I, LVIII). DPG204 is a copy of a composition by Reni known in autograph versions in private collections in New York and Reggio Emilia.

Details

  • Title: Lucretia
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w546 x h990 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: DPG204 is a copy of a composition by Reni known in autograph versions in private collections in New York and Reggio Emilia (Pepper, 1984, no.89 [1988, no.134], and Pepper 1988, App. I, no.22). A version is in a Swiss private collection, 1973.
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: ?London, Christie's, 8 Apr. 1788, lot 78; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: Louis IV declared Charles Le Brun to be ‘the greatest French artist of all time.’ He was highly influenced by Poussin, with whom he worked with in Rome, and excelled at history and battle scenes.
  • After: Reni, Guido
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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