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The Rape of the Sabines (before the signal)
Domenico Morone

The setting of this painting and 'The Rape of the Sabines (after the signal)' is the same. According to Plutarch's 'Lives', shortly after the founding of Rome neighbouring peoples were invited to equestrian games which were to provide the opportunity for carrying off brides for the Romans. The Sabine women, who have come to watch the games, are shown on either side of Romulus and his entourage.

The pictures may come from a cassone.

Key facts
Artist Domenico Morone
Artist dates about 1442 - after 1518
Full title The Rape of the Sabines (before the signal)
Group Two Cassone Panels with the Rape of the Sabines
Date made about 1490
Medium and support Tempera on spruce
Dimensions 45.4 x 49.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1886
Inventory number NG1211
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Two Cassone Panels with the Rape of the Sabines

These scenes were probably cut from the front of a decorated chest.