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Tarquin and Lucretia

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1571

Artist:

Cornelis Cort (Netherlandish, 1533-before1578)
after Titian (Italian, c. 1488-1576)

About this artwork

The fateful struggle between the lust-crazed Roman prince Tarquin and Lucretia, the chaste wife of another Italian ruler, inspired two engravings by Cornelis Cort after Titian’s well-known painting of this subject (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England). This engraving is oriented in the same direction as the painting, though with a more complete composition than the subsequently cropped original work. This impression is a fine, dark and early first state, before the artist’s signature and a poem were added at the bottom. Threatening murder and dishonor, Tarquin raped Lucretia, but her subsequent suicide fueled a rebellion against the monarchy, forever changing Roman history.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cornelis Cort

Title

Tarquin and Lucretia

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

1566–1576

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 42 × 28.8 cm (16 9/16 × 11 3/8 in.); Sheet: 42.4 × 29.1 cm (16 3/4 × 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

2000.104

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