Lucretia (Rembrandt, 1666)
|Catalogue||Rembrandt Research Project, A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI: #314|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||110.2 cm × 92.3 cm (43.4 in × 36.3 in)|
|Location||Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis|
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)."
Two years earlier Rembrandt possibly made another painting of Lucretia, depicting the moment before she stabs herself; the attribution is debated.