RYCKERE, Bernaert de
(b. ca. 1535, Courtrai, d. 1590, Courtrai)

The Death of Lucretia

Oil on canvas laid on panel, 45 x 63 cm
Private collection

Lucretia, the virtuous wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, committed suicide, as she could not endure the shame of being raped by Sextus Tarquinius, as Livy related. This deed secured the legendary Roman lady a place in the series of exemplary females that in European painting, particularly in court circles, were depicted as examples of virtue.