Sunday, April 22, 2012
The photo shown here is from Rembrandt's later years in a style you may not recognize as Rembrandt. As always when I include art on this blog I will reiterate that this small photo, in no way, can reveal the beauty and intensity of the real thing. I was moved to tears as I viewed this painting of Lucretia and the heartbreaking pain in her lovely face.
I was not familiar with Lucretia's story. It is debated whether Lucretia was a real or mythical character, but evidence points to a real woman who died in 508 AD. She is a legendary figure in the history of the Roman republic. According to the story she was raped by the king's son and her shame was so great that she chose to commit suicide to spare her family her shame. The red streak on her gauzy clothing is her stab wound. Her suicide was the immediate cause of the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic.
As for the rest of the show - well, go, learn, appreciate - if you can.