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.
oben beschnitten: Overall: 109,5 cm x 90,5 cm x 2,5 cm
Framed: 128 cm x 109 cm x 6,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1663 proven in Ambras collection (?); 1733 Imperial Collection Vienna;
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