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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.
tempera & gilding on panel
H 29 x W 115 cm
Presented by Revd Greville John Chester, 1864