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The Abduction of the Sabine Women

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1675/80

Artist:

Luca Giordano
Italian, 1632-1705

About this artwork

Perhaps the most acclaimed and well-traveled artist in Italy at the end of the 17th century, Luca Giordano first emulated, then transformed the styles of numerous celebrated artists, including Peter Paul Rubens, whose work is on view in galleries nearby. Giordano’s artistic studies informed this monumental depiction of the myth of the founding of Rome. The Romans, plagued by a shortage of brides, invited the neighboring Sabines to a festival and then violently kidnapped their young women. Using the rapid, bold brushwork that earned him the nickname Luca fa presto (Luca paints quickly), Giordano wove vivid gestures and compositional inspiration from earlier treatments of the subject into one of his most theatrical and geometrically complex works.

Status

On View, Gallery 211

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Luca Giordano

Title

The Abduction of the Sabine Women

Origin

Italy

Date

1670–1680

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

102 × 116 in. (260 × 295 cm)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment; Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1991.295

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