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Lucretia (Lucas Cranach d.ä.) - Nationalmuseum - 18083 - crop

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According to tradition, Lucretia was a beautiful noblewoman of ancient Rome. She was the virtuous wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, whose uncle was the last king of the city. Lucretia took her own life after being raped by one of the
king’s sons. The incident is said to have sparked a revolt in which the

royal family was overthrown, marking the start of the Roman Republic. It was a subject the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder and his contemporaries frequently returned to. This painting probably belonged to King Gustav Vasa’s collection of art. Svenska: Lucretia var enligt traditionen en vacker adelsdam i antikens Rom. Hon var dygdig hustru till Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, vars farbror var rikets siste kung. Lucretia tog sitt liv efter att ha blivit våldtagen av en av kungasönerna. Händelsen ska ha bidragit till en revolt där kungafamiljen störtades, vilket blev början på den romerska republiken. Den tyske renässanskonstnären Lucas Cranach d.ä. och hans samtida konstnärskollegor återvände många gånger till motivet. Målningen ingick i Gustav Vasas konstsamling.

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1528
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Nationalmuseum Stockholm
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Erik Cornelius / Nationalmuseum 1994

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