fine c19th carved alabaster sculpture study of lucretia

Fine C19th carved alabaster sculpture study of Lucretia.



Item Ref

ML 1511


Fine C19th carved alabaster sculpture study of Lucretia. Raised upon a classically decorated architectural plinth , the study of the mortally wounded woman in Roman period costume is believed to depict Lucretia. The subject is shown lain upon an upholstered day-bed with a dagger by her side , the self-inflicted suicidal wound to her breast.
Lucretia was a legendary Roman matron whose fate played a role in the transition from a Roman Kingdom into a Roman Republic. Her suicide after being raped by an Etruscan king's son, Tarquinius, was an immediate cause of the anti-monarchist rebellion that overthrew the monarchy. The incident kindled the flames of dissatisfaction over the tyrannical methods of the last King of Rome , Lucius Tarquinius Superbus .As a result of its sheer impact , the rape itself became a major theme in European art and literature.
In excellent condition and of good colour with a good ,aged ,smooth surface. Fine carved detail to the folds of cloth on the figure and well modelled feet ,hands and face. The figure sits upon pins to the plinth and is detachable. Crisply-carved architectural element details to the plinth base ,wth classical flower-head and leaf carving to central frieze . Minor chip to reverse edge of base.
W 12"
D 5"
H 10"
Italy c. 1870
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Internal Ref: ML 1511


Height = 25.4001 cm (10")
Width = 30.4801 cm (12")
Depth = 12.7 cm (5")

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