About This Artwork

Luca Giordano
Italian, 1632-1705

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

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

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.

Ownership History

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.

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