Sale 10CN02 | Lot 8

Issac Fischer German, before 1677- 1705 The Family of Lucretia before Brutus

Catalogue: Important English & Continental Furniture / Old Master Paintings
Issac Fischer German, before 1677- 1705 The Family of Lucretia before Brutus

Lot Details

Lot 8
Issac Fischer German, before 1677- 1705 The Family of Lucretia before Brutus
German, before 1677- 1705
The Family of Lucretia before Brutus
Signed Issac Fischer and dated 17... (lr)
Oil on canvas
40 1/2 x 58 1/2 inches (103 x 148.2 cm)

According to Roman historians, Lucretia was the wife of Lucius Collatinus, a Roman patrician in the reign of the last Etruscan King of Rome, Tarquinius Superbus. The king's son, Sextus Tarquinius, raped Lucretia while he was visiting her family's home. Filled with shame, Lucretia committed suicide by stabbing herself, and called on her family to avenge her.
During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Lucretia was revered as a heroine of womanly virtue. In paintings of those periods, she is usually depicted alone, preparing to stab herself. In this unusual compositon, Lucretia's family has brought her lifeless body to the Roman Forum to present their grievance against the king and his son to the magistrate Lucius Junius Brutus. Their protest sparked a revolt against the Etruscan kings, whom the outraged Romans drove from from the city, establishing the Roman Republic.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Sold for $4,375 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined. Very dense varnish layer. Inpainting at sky at center. Infilled hole on the base of the neck of the old woman holding Lucretia. Some inpainting on the tunic of the turning figure at left. Inpainted area at lower center approximately one inch above lower margin.


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Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Sold for $4,375 (includes buyer's premium)

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Important English & Continental Furniture / Old Master Paintings

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