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Lucretia And Tarquin :: Simon Vouet

Lucretia And Tarquin :: Simon Vouet - History painting
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Simon Vouet (1590-1649) Lucretia And Tarquin

Oil on canvas 1620 154.94 x 185.42 cm ( 61 x 72,9 inch )

Private art collection

Lucretia is a legendary figure in the history of the Roman Republic. According to the story, told mainly by the Roman historian Livy and the Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus (who lived in Rome at the time of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus), her rape by the king's son and consequent suicide were the immediate cause of the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic. The incident kindled the flames of dissatisfaction over the tyrannical methods of the last king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. As a result, the prominent families instituted a republic, drove the extensive Tarquin family from Rome, and successfully defended the republic against attempted Etruscan and Latin intervention. The rape has been a major theme in European art and literature.



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Published: 19.12.2011



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