Jan 10, 2012

The Story of Lucretia

The Story of Lucretia

c. 1530

circle of Master of the "Kanis Triptych"


Pot-metal and white glass, silver stain and sanguine

Overall: 71.2 x 51.2 cm (28 1/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Bequest of William G. Mather 1951.335


The tribulations of the Roman noblewoman Lucretia, a well-known story from classical antiquity, is represented here in a northern setting. Assaulted in the background by Tarquinius, she is sorrowful in the foreground. At her side are her two brothers who will seek revenge. The style is closely related to panel paintings by a distinct yet anonymous master whose best-known work is the triptych commissioned around 1526 by Jacob Kanis of Nijmegen and now housed in the museum Commanderie van Sint Jan of that city.

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