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The Death of Lucretia, After Guido Reni (1575-1642)

Oil on canvas, unfinished.
The painting depicts a Roman legend: the suicide of the noblewoman Lucretia after she was raped by Tarquin, the son of an Etruscan king, and is based on the original of 1625-6 which is in the Neues Palace, Potsdam. It was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter, whilst on the Grand Tour, and appears in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: “The Passage by ye Hall Staires….. 1 peice of wo[man] stabing her Selfe, by–“.
Guido Reni (1575-1642) painted religious, mythological and allegorical subjects and was active in Rome, Naples and his native Bologna.


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