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Rembrandt tells the story of Lucretia through her solemn and saddened gaze, in the traces of blood on her gown, and the dagger in her hand. The wife of a Roman nobleman, Lucretia was known for her loyalty and virtue. She was raped by Sextus Tarquinius, the son of the ruling tyrant. Lucretia revealed the crime to her husband and father, and, in their presence, took her own life. She chose death in order to prevent dishonor, at a time and place when a woman's perceived virtue was more valuable than her life.

Credit: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund...

Oil on canvas
43.4 x 36.3in
Image and text courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2022

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Minneapolis Institute of Art
Permanent collection