Lucretia

Lucretia

Title

Lucretia

[Crocker Art Museum, revised 2013]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Caption from the E. B. Crocker Art Gallery on the reverse of a photograph in the Archive of D. Koepplin]

Lucretia is depicted as a half-length figure in contemporary clothing and wearing contemporary accessories. She is represented seated with her torso exposed.

Lucretia has her hair pinned up and her head is inclined slightly to the left of the painting, whereas she looks at the viewer.

She wears a white

Lucretia is depicted as a half-length figure in contemporary clothing and wearing contemporary accessories. She is represented seated with her torso exposed.

Lucretia has her hair pinned up and her head is inclined slightly to the left of the painting, whereas she looks at the viewer.

She wears a white undergarment and a fur-trimmed cloak over her shoulders. Her left hand rests on her lap, while in her right hand she holds the long dagger. This is pointed upwards.

Lucretia wears a chain with a pendant around her neck.

The background is dark.

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]

Attributions
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 576]

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Crocker Art Museum, revised 2013]

Production date
1600 - 1800

Production date

1600 - 1800

[cda 2014]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support:

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support:

  • 53.3 x 42.5 cm

  • [Exhib Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 576]

Signature / Dating
- top left:

Signature / Dating

    • top left:
  • inscribed with a fake serpent

  • [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 576]

Owner
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Repository
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Location
Sacramento
CDA ID
US_CAMS_1872-540
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/US_CAMS_1872-540/

Provenance

  • this painting was part of the original collection, purchased in Europe in 1869-71
    [Crocker Art Museum, revised 2013]

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 662 576 (u.)
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 of Lucretia is one of many copies after a painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which was executed about 1510-1513 and is now in the Collection of Kisters (FR42).

[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, No. 576]

  • Lucretia, 1600 - 1800

Images

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Conservation History

Date1959

Conservation performed by Charles Muskavitch, completed in 1959

[Crocker Art Museum, revised 2013]

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