Lucretia

Lucretia

Titles

Lucretia

[CDA 2011]

Lukretia

[Koepplin, Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 577]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

'lime wood'

[Koepplin, Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 577]

Lucretia is depicted as a three quarter length figure against a black background. She wears a grey robe and a shimmering silver brocade coat trimmed with fur, which reveals her breast and stomach. Her right hand is raised, poised to stab herself with the dagger. Her hair is pinned up

Lucretia is depicted as a three quarter length figure against a black background. She wears a grey robe and a shimmering silver brocade coat trimmed with fur, which reveals her breast and stomach. Her right hand is raised, poised to stab herself with the dagger. Her hair is pinned up underneath her bonnet and a broad gold chain with a pendant decorated with pearls and precious stones hangs around her neck.

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

According to the legend Lucretia lived in the 6th century BC and was the beautiful and virtuous wife of the roman Collatinus. The roman King's son - Sextus Tarquinius fell in love with her. During a stay in her house Sextus threatened to kill her and shame her honour if she did not surrender to him. After the rape Lucretia had her father and husband vow vengeance and then she stabbed herself. The event led to an uprising in which the royal family was overthrown and the Roman Empire became a Republic.

Depictions of Lucretia who was seen as the epitomy of female virtue, chastity, fidelity and honour enjoyed great popularity, particularly in the 16th century.

[Literature: Bierende 2002, Follak 2002, Livius 1909]

Attribution
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

Production dates
about 1600 - 1800
mid 16th century or later

Production dates

about 1600 - 1800

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

mid 16th century or later

[Koepplin, Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 577]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 86 x 60.5 x 0.7 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 86 x 60.5 x 0.7 cm

  • (original)

  • [Heydenreich, CDA 2010]

Signature / Dating
None
Inscriptions and Labels
Reverse of the panel: - centre: handwritten in black ink 'No. 156 ?' (not very legible)

Inscriptions and Labels

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Reverse of the panel: - centre:
  • handwritten in black ink 'No. 156 ?' (not very legible)
  • [Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]
Owner
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
Repository
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
Location
Basel
CDA ID
CH_KMB_178
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/CH_KMB_178/

Provenance

  • 1823 Museum Faesch

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

Exhibitions

Basel 1974, 662, No. 577

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Follak 2002
AuthorJan Follak
TitleLucretia zwischen positiver und negativer Anthropologie: Coluccio Salutatis Declamatio Lucretie und die Menschenbilder im exemplum der Lucretia von der Antike bis in die Neuzeit
Place of PublicationKonstanz
Year of Publication2002
Link http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:352-opus-9144
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 662 577
AuthorDieter Koepplin, Tilman Falk
TitleLukas Cranach. Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik
Volume1, 2
Place of PublicationBasel, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1974
Link http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-diglit-104522

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

This painting is one of many copies after a painting of Lucretia by Lucas Cranach the Elder from about 1510-13, now in the Kister Collection (FR042).

[Koepplin, Exhib. Cat. Basel 1976, 662, No. 577]

  • Lucretia, about 1600 - 1800

Images

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Technical studies

2011Technical Examination

Support

- very (about 4mm) warped

[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]

03. 2010Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • UV-light photography
  • uv_light
  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich

03. 2010Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

- an underdrawing is not visible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]

  • photographed by Ingo Sandner
  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich

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