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Tarquin and Lucretia

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The narrative, from left to right, follows the sequence in Livy, 'Ab urbe condita' I, 58–60: Tarquin enters Lucretia's bedroom in order to rape her; she dictates a letter to her husband asking him to return; after his arrival, she commits suicide; the Tarquins are expelled from Rome. Although considerably worn, this painting is an important early 'cassone' panel whose subject celebrates the honour of married women.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1400


tempera & gilding on panel


H 29 x W 115 cm

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Presented by Revd Greville John Chester, 1864

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