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Title Rape of Lucretia
Collection Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Sole, Giovan Gioseffo dal (Italian painter and etcher, 1654-1719)
Date Earliest about 1680
Date Latest about 1710
Description Sole used grisaille (monochrome) in this depiction of the rape of Lucretia. The constricting oval format focuses our attention on the figures, while effectively conveying how Lucretia cannot escape from her assailant. The painting follows the Bolognese school in the use of steps to lead the eye upwards and in the curtain which is drawn back to reveal the scene. These motifs create a dramatic depiction of an historical subject that enjoyed popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Current Accession Number FA000086
Subject literature; mythology (Rape of Lucretia); figure; interior
Measurements 37.8 x 27.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased with funds from C. F. N. Bergh bequest and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1970.
Publications Public Catalogue Foundation, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in East Sussex, London, 2005, ill. p. 178.
Notes For examples of the work of Giovan Gioseffo dal Sole, see: Maestri della Pittura del Seicento Emiliano, Bologna, 1959, cat. nos. 80-85, pp. 171-78.
Rights Owner Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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