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The Rape of the Sabine Women

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Probably a fragment from the right-hand side of a 'cassone' front, this panel may represent Romulus, king of Rome about to order the abduction of the Sabine women while they are attending the games in honour of Neptune. This act and its consequences as narrated by Livy ('Ab urbe condita' I, 9–13) was seen by Renaissance commentators as leading to the institution of marriage in ancient Rome, thus the scene was appropriate for wedding celebrations.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Medium

tempera (?) & gilding on panel

Measurements

H 38.2 x W 60.3 cm

Accession number

WA1850.30

Acquisition method

Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

Work type

Painting


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