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About This Artwork
The Abduction of the Sabine Women, 1675/80
Oil on canvas
102 x 116 in. (260 x 295 cm)
Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment; Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection, 1991.295
Larry J. Feinberg, “Luca Giordano’s Abduction of the Sabine Women,” Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 21, 1 (1995), pp. 38–47.
Paul Jeromack, “Panorama del collezionismo pubblico nell’America del Nord, 1990–1995” in Alessandro Morandotti, Pittura Italiana antica settecento (Milan, 1995), p. 58.
Oreste Ferrari and Giuseppe Scavizi, Luca Giordano. Nuove ricerche e inediti (Naples, 2003), p. 58, no. A0115.
Purchased in the early twentieth century by Georges de Branconier, Brussels [letter from Yvan Cruysmans, dated July 24, 1991, in curatorial file]; Madame Georges de Braconier (née Comtesse d’Hemricourt), Brussels, until 1950s [see letter cited above]; Jean Cruysmans (died 1970), Brussels [see letter cited above]; Cruysmans family, Brussels [see letter cited above]; offered for sale, Sotheby’s, London, March 19, 1975, lot 76; bought in; reoffered Sotheby’s, London, May 12, 1976, lot 102; Alfredo and Raquel Helegua, Washington; sold to the Art Institute, 1991.