TOSINI, Michele
(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1577, Firenze)

Lucretia

1540s
Oil on panel, 74 x 61 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.

The marked influence of Michelangelo can be observed in the figure's contrapposto pose.




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