This painting is part of the group: Scenes from Ancient Roman History

These four pictures are from a series illustrating stories from ancient Roman history. They show (top to bottom): The Attack on Cartagena; 'The Continence of Scipio'; 'The Rape of the Sabines'; and 'The Intervention of the Sabine Women'.

Two other pictures from the same series are known: a 'Coriolanus' and a 'Scipio rewarding the Soldiers'. 'The Continence of Scipio' and 'Rape of the Sabines' were popular topics for illustration. The format of the pictures suggests they were made for the decoration of a room.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1527; died after 1584
Full title
The Rape of the Sabines
Group
Date made
after 1566
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions
35.6 x 153 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG644.1
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Scenes from Ancient Roman History

Painting
Giulio Licinio
after 1566
Follower of Giulio Romano: 'The Attack on Cartagena'
Painting
Giulio Licinio
after 1566
Follower of Giulio Romano: 'The Continence of Scipio'