Tarquinius and Lucretia

Date made: second half of the 17th century
Medium and support: bronze with golden patina
Dimensions: 39 × 23 × 23 cm with compartment: 41 × 23 × 23 cm
Type: sculpture
Inventory number: 5353
Collection: Sculpture

This group of sculptures depicts the ancient legend of Tarquinius and Lucretia when, according to the story, Tarquinius Sextus, son of the last king of Rome, raped Lucretia, the faithful and virtuous wife of the prestigious Roman aristocrat, Collatinus. The model of the small bronze is thought to have been made by Pietro Tacca, the court sculptor of the grand duke of Tuscany in the first half of the 17th century. Currently, five versions of the small bronze cast by Pietro Tacca’s son, Ferdinando, or by Pietro’s disciple, Damiano Capelli, are known to have survived.

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