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The Rape of the Sabines

Artist:
Andrea Andreani (Mantua, 1558/1559–1629)
Artist:
After a bronze plaque by Giambologna (Netherlandish, Douai 1529–1608 Florence)
Date:
1585
Medium:
Chiaroscuro woodcut in three sections (joined), each printed from four blocks
Dimensions:
Sheet (left panel, trimmed to block line): 29 3/8 × 10 1/4 in. (74.6 × 26 cm) Sheet (center panel, trimmed to block line): 29 1/2 × 12 3/4 in. (74.9 × 32.4 cm) Sheet (right panel, trimmed to block line): 29 3/4 × 13 7/8 in. (75.6 × 35.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.73.3-73,74,75
Not on view
Executed in three sections on six sheets of paper, this monumental woodcut depicts the ancient legend of the abduction of the Sabine women by the men of Rome. Upon finding the city bereft of women, Rome’s founder, Romulus, invited the neighboring peoples
to a festival as a pretense to the abduction. Each Roman youth carried off an unmarried woman from the Sabine contingent as his bride. When the Sabines later attacked Rome, the women ran onto the battlefield and secured peace between their fathers and husbands.
Andreani, who was alone in reviving the technique of the chiaroscuro print at the end of the sixteenth century, created a number of ambitious works. This spectacular woodcut reproduces, to scale but with slight adjustments, the plaque that was intended to clarify the subject of Giambologna's celebrated marble group in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence which had been unveiled in Florence in 1583 to public acclaim.
Vendor: E. Parsons & Sons (London)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 1993 - February 14, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 20, 2013–August 26, 2013.

Bartsch XII.94.4 (1 state)
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. XII.94.4 (1 state), p. 94.



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