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around 1580/83, Artist: Paolo Caliari, gen. Veronese




Lucretia commits suicide because she was raped by the king’s son Tarquinius. This picture may well be the companion picture to the biblical Judith – both acts belong to the oft-repeated examples of female heroism. Veronese reinterprets the moment of suicide, creating a theatrical and decorative depiction of the beautiful heroine. Only her face overshadowed by grief and the dagger which resembles an item of jewellery give away what has just happened.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian


around 1580/83


Paolo Caliari, gen. Veronese (1528 Verona - 1588 Venedig) - GND




oben beschnitten: Overall: 109,5 cm x 90,5 cm x 2,5 cm
Framed: 128 cm x 109 cm x 6,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1561


1663 proven in Ambras collection (?); 1733 Imperial Collection Vienna;

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