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Tarquin and Lucretia

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1571


Cornelis Cort (Netherlandish, 1533-before1578)
after Titian (Italian, c. 1488-1576)

About this artwork

The fateful struggle between the lust-crazed Roman prince Tarquin and Lucretia, the chaste wife of another Italian ruler, inspired two engravings by Cornelis Cort after Titian’s well-known painting of this subject (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England). This engraving is oriented in the same direction as the painting, though with a more complete composition than the subsequently cropped original work. This impression is a fine, dark and early first state, before the artist’s signature and a poem were added at the bottom. Threatening murder and dishonor, Tarquin raped Lucretia, but her subsequent suicide fueled a rebellion against the monarchy, forever changing Roman history.


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Cornelis Cort


Tarquin and Lucretia


Netherlands (Artist's nationality)




Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 42 × 28.8 cm (16 9/16 × 11 3/8 in.); Sheet: 42.4 × 29.1 cm (16 3/4 × 11 1/2 in.)

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Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

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