Lucretia (Rembrandt, 1666)

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Rembrandt van Rijn - Lucretia - Google Art Project (nAHoI2KdSaLshA).jpg
Year1666 (1666)
CatalogueRembrandt Research Project, A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI: #314
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions110.2 cm × 92.3 cm (43.4 in × 36.3 in)
LocationMinneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis

Lucretia is a 1666 history painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Lucretia, 1664 (attribution debated)

This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1915, who wrote:"220. LUCRETIA. Dut. 115 ; Wb. 267. She has a dagger in her right hand, and holds a cord in her left hand. "Of nobler composition and greater breadth of light than is usual in Rembrandt ; at the same time the treatment is of singular breadth and spirit" (Waagen). Dated 1666. In the Wombwell collection, London, 1854 (Waagen, ii. 308).
220a. Lucretia with the Dagger. The sitter is a genuine Dutch-woman, but the expression of pain is well rendered not only in the features but also in the pale colour. Admirably painted. Mentioned by Waagen, iv. 477. In the Radziwill collection, according to the Burdon catalogue. Sales. London, 1853 (Burdon). W. W. Burdon of Newcastle, London, 1862 (bought in)."[1]

According to the RKD both catalog number 220 and 220a refer to the same painting, in the collections of John Calvert Wombwell and Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł.[2]

Two years earlier Rembrandt possibly made another painting of Lucretia, depicting the moment before she stabs herself; the attribution is debated.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Entry 220 for ''Lucretia in Hofstede de Groot, 1915
  2. ^ Lucretia in the RKD


Lucretia in the RKD