Tarquin and Lucretia

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

Date:

c. 1571

Artist:

Cornelis Cort (Netherlandish, 1533/36-1578)
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.

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Artist

Cornelis Cort

Title

Tarquin and Lucretia

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1566–1576

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

420 x 288 mm (plate); 424 x 291 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

2000.104

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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