The Rape of the Sabines (before the signal)

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 dates
about 1442 - after 1518
Full title
The Rape of the Sabines (before the signal)
Date made
about 1490
Medium and support
Tempera on spruce
45.4 x 49.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Cassone Panels with the Rape of the Sabines