Large 17th Century French Antique Oak Carved Panel Depicting Lucretia – The Representation of Womanly Virtue


Large 17th Century French Antique Oak Carved Panel Depicting Lucretia – The Representation of Womanly Virtue


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A large 17th Century antique carved oak panel depicting Lucretia.

Beautifully carved.

French origin.

Presented in its original heavily carved oak frame.

The Story of Lucretia

The story begins with a drinking bet between some young men at the home of Sextus Tarquinius, a son of the king of Rome. They decide to surprise their wives to see how they behave when they are not expecting their husbands. The wife of Collatinus, Lucretia, is behaving virtuously, while the wives of the king’s sons are not.

Several days later, Sextus Tarquinius goes to Collatinus’ home and is given hospitality. When everyone else is asleep in the house, he goes to Lucretia’s bedroom and threatens her with a sword, demanding and begging that she submit to his advances. She shows herself to be unafraid of death, and then he threatens that he will kill her and place her nude body next to the nude body of a servant, bringing shame on her family as this will imply adultery with her social inferior.

She submits, but in the morning calls her father, husband, and uncle to her, and she tells them how she has “lost her honor” and demands that they avenge her rape. Though the men try to convince her that she bears no dishonor, she disagrees and kills herself, her “punishment” for losing her honor. Brutus, her uncle, declares that they will drive the king and all his family from Rome and never have a king in Rome again. When her body is publicly displayed, it reminds many others in Rome of acts of violence by the king’s family.

Her rape is thus the trigger for the Roman revolution. Her uncle and husband are leaders of the revolution and the newly-established republic. Lucretia’s brother and husband are the first Roman consuls.

The legend of Lucretia—a woman who was sexually violated and therefore shamed her male kinsmen who then took revenge against the rapist and his family—was used not only in the Roman republic to represent proper womanly virtue, but was used by many writers and artists in later times.

Condition – as per the images. There is surface wear to the frame commensurate with age and a loss to the bottom right corner. The panel itself is in good order. This carved panel displays incredibly well. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.

Size: Height 54 cm x Width 52 cm x Depth 4 cm (21″ x 20 1/2″ x 1 1/2 “)

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