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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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal V

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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